Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called for sweeping changes at the nonprofit foundation that supports New Orleans’ public libraries after a string of revelations last week raised questions about use of foundation money and possible conflicts of interest on the part of some foundation leaders.

The controversy began Tuesday, when WWL-TV showed how Ronald Markham, then president of the New Orleans Public Library Foundation board, and his boss, Grammy-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, had used their foundation positions to steer $900,000 in library donations to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

The money was used to help create NOJO’s new $10 million Jazz Market in Central City, a generally lauded development that critics say has only modest connections to the city’s library system.

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