King County Library System director resigns after 'code of conduct violation'

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SEATTLE - The director of the King County Library System has suddenly resigned after a code of conduct violation landed him in hot water, officials say.

Gary Wasdin, who had served as head of the library system since January 2015, offered his resignation after the board of trustees learned of the violation. His resignation was accepted at the next meeting of the board.

Library system spokesperson Aaron Vetter would not say specifically what Wasdin had done, describing it as a "human resources/code of conduct violation." Vetter said it is not the library system's policy to discuss personnel matters.

Vetter said the board learned of the complaint while Wasdin was out of town. When he returned to the office, he was asked to leave the premises. About two or three days later, Wasdin offered his resignation, and it was accepted at the next board of trustees meeting.

“KCLS is committed to providing a welcoming environment for all of its users,” said Jim Wigfall, the library system's board president. “When it came to our attention that Mr. Wasdin violated KCLS’ code of conduct, the board took immediate action. Mr. Wasdin has chosen to resign his position effective immediately, and the board fully agrees with this decision.”

Vetter said Finance Director Dwayne Wilson is handling library system operations until an interim director can be named.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our communities with the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and excellence,” said Wigfall.

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