Photo by Ray Miller-Still 
Paul Weed, Buckley’s new City Administrator, is a White River High School Class of 2002 graduate.

Photo by Ray Miller-Still Paul Weed, Buckley’s new City Administrator, is a White River High School Class of 2002 graduate.

Buckley City administrator resigns

Paul Weed occupied his position for little more than a year and a half.

Buckley city administrator Paul Weed resigned from the job effective Nov. 15, after serving in the position for a little more than a year and a half.

Weed submitted his letter of resignation on Nov. 8, according to a copy of the letter reviewed in a records request. The letter is short, formal, and gives no indication of Weed’s reasons for leaving the city. Weed declined to comment on his resignation when asked during the city’s Nov. 9 city council meeting.

“I very much appreciate the opportunity that was given to me,” Weed wrote in part in his letter. “Working with City staff and stakeholders over the past year and a half has been rewarding. … I anticipate having a transition plan for you regarding any updates to the on-going projects and activities for your use as a guide going forward.”

For now, Weed’s duties are being handled by other department leaders and the mayor, city clerk Treva Percival said. A new city administrator has not yet been selected, Percival said.

Weed started the city administrator job in March 2020, taking the place of former 19-year city administrator David Schmidt. A White River High graduate, Weed earned a Bachelors degree in business administration from Western Washington University and a Masters in higher education administration from Washington State University.

Weed worked in leadership positions at WSU, the University of Washington and the city of Tacoma before coming back home to take the city administrator position.

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