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Kwarsick submits resignation

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick, caught up in a scandal of his own making, resigned from his part-time job as planner for the Town of Coupeville on Friday.

In a brief letter to Mayor Nancy Conard, Kwarsick asked that his firm, Sound Planning Services, be released from its contract.

“I am requesting the town’s agreement to immediately terminate the contract,” he wrote.

Kwarsick cited as his reason the recent lawsuit filed by Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks aimed at ousting Kwarsick from both public offices he holds, as mayor of Langley and planner for Coupeville.

In his letter to Conard, Kwarsick said he disagrees with the law, RCW 9.921.120, cited by Banks in his lawsuit, but that, “these proceedings are the basis of my request for immediate release from the current contract as town planner.”

Kwarsick had been Coupeville’s town planner since late 2003. It was a part-time contracted position that paid $4,500 a month with no benefits.

In December, Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill sentenced Kwarsick to 15 days in jail and ordered him to pay a $2,500 fine after he pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of falsifying a city record.

Prior to being elected mayor of Langley last year, Kwarsick worked as Langley’s planning director in 2011. Shortly after taking the job, he altered permit requirements for a relative’s home but backdated them to appear as if they had been created by his predecessors.

A plea deal worked out between Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks and Kwarsick’s attorney, Charles Arndt of Coupeville, recommended no jail time but that he pay a $2,500 fine. Churchill supported the fine but sentenced him to serve 15 days in jail, which he will serve in February.

 

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