Auditor: Thousands misspent at Chattanooga Public Library as Director, top aides cited in report

photo Librarian of the Year Corinne Hill poses for a portrait at the Public Library.

A city auditor's investigation of Chattanooga Public Library leaders reveals cracks in the foundation of a two-year renaissance that has put the library at the forefront in the world of public libraries.

City Auditor Stan Sewell's report released to city officials Wednesday criticizes Chattanooga Public Library Director Corinne Hill for excess reimbursements for worldwide trips, including extra hotel nights on personal time, and states that her top two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud.

Assistant Library Director Nate Hill and System Administrator Meg Backus were reported to the state comptroller's office after auditors found they took multiple paid speaking and consultant jobs on library time.