The St. Louis County Library is looking for new leadership after the library director resigned without warning.
Many library staffers were stunned to learn by email Tuesday that St. Louis County Library Director Charles Pace had resigned. The email from the president of the library board of trustees, Lynn Beckwith Junior, didn't say why Pace had stepped down.
Pace has been at the helm of the 20 branch library system for the past seven years. He's credited with helping to persuade voters to approve the library's first tax-rate increase in almost 30 years. But he was also fined by the Missouri Ethics Commission in March for failing to put the library's name on some materials promoting the tax increase.
Beckwith's email indicated that Pace's resignation is retroactive to July 12.