Teton County Library

With little explanation, Teton County commissioners “removed” Dail Barbour from the library board in a closed, executive session Monday.

The issue was not on Monday’s voucher meeting agenda, but was added at the start. A reason why was not given.

The Jackson Hole Daily on Friday obtained a copy of the board’s letter to Barbour confirming the decision. It used language in Wyoming statute 18-7-103(c) that gives commissioners the authority to “remove” a library board member for “misconduct or neglect of duty.”

Luther Propst, the lone commissioner to vote against Barbour’s removal, declined to comment on the “character” of the executive session, but he said he didn’t agree with the move.

“I haven’t seen evidence that Dail Barbour committed misconduct or neglect of duty,” he told the Daily.

Barbour, the library’s former facilities manager, expressed surprise in an emailed response: “I had no knowledge of any dissatisfaction with my participation on the board and was not allowed any opportunity to speak in my behalf.”

Reached by phone, Commissioner Mark Newcomb did not provide specifics about the county’s rationale. Commissioners Natalia D. Macker, Greg Epstein and Mark Barron did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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