Charles Gaither, the first director of King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO), said he will leave the job on Friday after what he describes as three “difficult” years.

“It’s a difficult environment when you don’t have the capacity to compel change,” he said. “This was not the best recipe for effective civilian oversight in law enforcement.”

Seated in his office Thursday morning, Gaither appeared visibly upset. He only offered bits and pieces of the challenges he said he faced in the job.

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