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El Dorado County schools chief sentenced for DUI

El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers was booked and released from El Dorado County jail on Saturday, a condition of his sentencing for driving under the influence in June.

Meyers’ attorney, Paul Zappettini, said Meyers was cited June 9 for driving under the influence of alcohol. He appeared in court Aug. 10 and received a five-day alternative sentence, which was served as house arrest, Zappettini said. He also was fined and faces suspension of his driver’s license. As a condition of his sentence, Meyers also was required to be booked at the El Dorado County jail. The booking occurred Saturday, Zappettini said.

Meyers was appointed county superintendent of schools in 2013, succeeding longtime superintendent Vicki Barber upon her retirement. He subsequently was elected to the office in 2014.

Meyers released a statement through his attorney addressing the DUI charge: “On June 9, 2015, I received a DUI citation. To my family, the incredible staff of the El Dorado County Office (of Education) and all the students and families in El Dorado County, I sincerely apologize for this personal mistake.”

Meyers said he had “already accepted responsibility and am personally dealing with my error in judgment. Most importantly, I want everyone to know that this will not interfere with the great work of EDCOE in continuing to provide quality education for all of the children and families in our county.”

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