Both the King County Library System director, Bill Ptacek, and its director of finance, Linda Glenicki, have turned in their resignations, saying they want to do something new.
They said their resignations are amicable.
Ptacek, 63, has been with the library for 25 years and spoke proudly that in 2011 it was named “Library of the Year” by the Library Journal.
In 2012, the library handled 10.1 million visitors and leads the U.S., Canada and Australia in eBook circulation.
Ptacke’s resignation is effective Feb. 1. Julie Brand, head of community relations and marketing for the library, will be the interim director until a replacement is hired.
Ptacek said he’d regularly get calls with job offers and finally decided to accept the position of CEO of the Calgary Library System in Alberta, Canada. The city is flush with money from oil and gas and is expanding its services, said Ptacek.
“It was too good an opportunity,” he said.
Glenicki, 53, is a former Microsoft general manager of product-support services, who for the past 12 years has led the finances at the library.
“I was ready for new challenges,” she said, such as doing volunteer work with financial-literacy classes.
She is staying on the job with the library for up to three months until a replacement is found