The City of Waukee announced today that Jake Speer has officially resigned as the Director of the Waukee Public Library effective July 29, 2014. Speer’s last day will be August 11, 2014.

Speer said he recently accepted a position as the Director of the Indiana State Library-an opportunity to work for his previous employer he could not pass up. Speer expressed sadness in leaving Waukee but excitement about the opportunity for him and his family.

"It has been a pleasure serving as the Director of the Waukee Public Library," said Speer. "My interest in being in Waukee long-term was sincere and the opportunity to be the head of a state agency I worked at for over five years was unexpected."

Speer started as the Director of the Waukee Public Library on October 28, 2013, after leaving an Executive Director position at the Hussie-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville, Indiana. Speer worked at Hussie-Mayfield for three years and worked for the Indiana State Library for five years prior to that.

Waukee Public Library Board of Trustees President Brian Hughes said he appreciates the work Speer did in bringing the Waukee Public Library to a higher level in his short time there.

"Speer helped the board members and the library staff see the great potential the library has in serving the residents of Waukee," said Hughes. "He has done an excellent job in setting a future course for the library and we wish him and his family well as he begins this new challenge."

The Waukee Public Library Board of Trustees will begin the search for a new director soon.