Former Langley mayor goes to jail


Former Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick checked into Island County Jail this week, serving the first of what will be a 15-day sentence.

Kwarsick, who was also the former planning chief for Coupeville, reportedly checked into the jail at about 9 a.m. Monday as was required by the sentence handed down by Judge Vickie Churchill.

The ousted mayor and long-time public servant for several governments on Whidbey Island pleaded guilty to misdemeanor malfeasance in Island County Superior Court this past December.

He altered the conditions of a permit for a family member’s home while working as the planning chief for Langley, before being elected the city’s mayor in 2011.

The crime came to light as the result of a whistle-blower complaint. He served as Langley’s mayor for one year before submitting his resignation to the Langley City Council in January.

Kwarsick also resigned his position as the planning director of Coupeville. He was, however, asked to stay on as a consultant while Coupeville looks for his replacement.

Kwarsick is eligible to receive visitors between the hours of 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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