Colleagues and community members called Saturday on schools chief Jeremy Meyers to step away from his post and seek help, after the official’s second suspected drunken driving incident in five months.
They made their plea after the El Dorado County Board of Education trustees emerged from a closed door meeting during which Meyers’ latest incident was discussed with a lawyer.
The board announced no action against Meyers, who crashed his Dodge Ram into a utility box around 2 p.m. Thursday and registered blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent and was arrested by an off-duty peace officer at the scene of the solo-vehicle wreck, the California Highway Patrol said.
In August, Meyers was convicted of a DUI after a June incident on Highway 49. He received a five-day alternative sentence, which he served as house arrest, and paid a fine.
“Jeremy, the time has come,” Placerville resident Cris Alarcon said, addressing his comments to Meyers, though he was not present Saturday. “You must take a leave of absence and check yourself into residential treatment or step down from office. You have lost your moral authority. You must act now, for everybody’s sake.”
Meyers faces four misdemeanor charges – driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of at least 0.08 percent, driving with a blood alcohol content of at least 0.15 percent, and violation of court-ordered probation, according to the CHP.
It’s going to be up to him to decide that he’s going to do the right thing – take responsibility, show the students of our county that he has integrity. I think he does, I just want him to show it.
Rolene Singleterry , a speech pathologist with El Dorado County Office of Education who said she knows Meyers personally
Meyers was elected to a four-year superintendent term in 2014. The board cannot remove him unless he is convicted of a felony, is recalled from office, is mentally or physically unable to carry out his duties or moves out of the jurisdiction, according to the state Government Code.
“I don’t know that (the board) can do anything yet,” said Rolene Singleterry , a speech pathologist with the El Dorado County Office of Education who said she knows Meyers personally.
“It’s really going to be up to Jeremy. It’s going to be up to him to decide that he’s going to do the right thing – take responsibility, show the students of our county that he has integrity. I think he does, I just want him to show it.”
The board will meet in December for another closed meeting. Board members said they could not discuss what occurred in Saturday’s meeting or what will be discussed at the next meeting.
“The board is acting according to its authority,” said board Vice President Rich Fisher Saturday. “We’re acting as well as we can.”
Richard White, an El Dorado Hills resident, said he hoped the board would take stronger action against Meyers than they had after his June DUI.
In that instance, Meyers’ vehicle was lined up with other traffic at a construction stop on the highway, but when traffic was waved forward, Meyers did not move, either because he fell asleep or was inattentive, according to a CHP spokesman. An officer made contact with him and suspected he was under the influence of alcohol. Meyers was cited June 9 for driving under the influence and convicted in August.
“If it happened one afternoon what’s to keep it from happening the next?” White said, referring to Thursday’s incident. “Something needs to be done."