Lacey City Council didn’t have to vote to remove a library board member who has been absent for more than a year. On Thursday night, that member, Andrew Metcalf, said he intends to resign.
That’s according to Lacey City Manager Scott Spence, who said that someone who knows Metcalf read The Olympian story about the city council’s intention to remove him from the board and he contacted him. Metcalf said he intends to resign, Spence said.
To make it official, the city will need to receive a resignation email or letter. Once the resignation is received, the city can fill the vacant position, Spence said.
Spence said Metcalf is busy with a new job and no longer lives in Lacey.
There also was some confusion between Metcalf and the board because he said he thought he had informed the board about his decision to resign, Spence said.
Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder had recommended Metcalf be removed from the board after he’d been absent from meetings for more than a year. Lacey city code allows the mayor and city council to take this step if the board member has three or more unexcused absences in a calendar year.
Metcalf’s first term was set to expire in February 2021. He was one of six board members who develop long-range plans for library services in the city. The board meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
Anyone interested in serving on the city’s library board can call the city at 360-491-3214.