In March of 2011 a 77-year-old man was assaulted in the Woodmont Library parking lot, on Pacific Highway South in Des Moines. Police viewed the library surveillance camera footage, and within 15 minutes of viewing had apprehended the alleged assailant. Library management had denied police access to the cam archives, only after police obtained a court order did the library allow police to view the footage.
In response to that court order and police access to library camera footage, King County Library Director Bill Ptacek decreed that all library surveillance cameras be disabled.
I am a resident of King County (Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle), a supporter of the city and county libraries who wishes these libraries ever more expansion of services, but regret that I will oppose all funding sources for the King County Library System till these conditions are met:
I am part of a Facebook group "Fire Bill Ptacek Director of King County Library System", we will be watching county websites for indications our demands have been met. When tax levy's are put to ballot that in any way fund the King County Library System, our votes for that levy will hinge on whether Mr. Ptacek still has a job with King County.
My previous voting record has been near unanimous support of tax levy's that enable our region's usually high preforming government services. I am leading this campaign against government funding solely in relation to Mr. Ptacek's undervaluing of public safety, perverse definition of privacy, and misuse of public funds and policy to implement an extremist ideology.
Lance Miller ( email@example.com ) May 25, 2011
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Below is a reply from office of the Executive Director of King County, Dow Constantine. It is very respectful, intelligent, and actually helps pinpoint who has a say in how the King County Library System is funded.