Sacramento Librarian Settles Whistleblower Suit

The clerk who blew the whistle on a Sacramento Public Library Authority kickback scheme that sent three people to prison settled her retaliation lawsuit against the agency for $343,000, it was disclosed Monday.

Diane Boerman last month reached a confidential settlement in her case against the library, but the details were not disclosed until agency officials provided them in response to a Public Records Act request by The Bee.

The settlement was approved in secret by the library’s board of directors in a March 22 executive session. It wasn’t finalized with all of the attorneys until last month, with Boerman’s lawyer obtaining a dismissal of the lawsuit on April 13, according to court records.

“I think it was a good compromise for both sides,” plaintiff’s attorney Anthony J. Poidmore of Roseville said in an interview Monday. “Obviously, the purpose of this was to reimburse somebody. But she certainly stuck her neck out and should get full reimbursement for whatever damage that cost her. She’s happy with it. She’s satisfied to move on.”