Applicants sought to replace El Dorado schools chief

The El Dorado County Board of Education voted Monday to seek applicants to replace its schools chief, who resigned after two arrests on suspicion of drunken driving this year.

Jeremy Meyers, 45, stepped down last week after his second arrest on suspicion of drunken driving on Nov. 5. The terms of his resignation have not been released.

The board has the power to appoint a schools chief to the elected position, but decided to open the job to applicants, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Office of Education. The new superintendent will complete Meyers’ term, which ends in 2018.

“It is simply critical that the process for filling this vacancy be treated with the utmost respect for our students, programs, staff and public,” said board member Heidi Weiland. “The deputy superintendents, cabinet and staff have done a stellar job of keeping the organization stable and moving forward, giving the board the time needed to engage in a thoughtful and meaningful process. I believe the process discussed by the board today is a reflection of those principles.”

There will be a public meeting Dec. 1 to review the application language. The application is expected to be available online shortly after that meeting at The board is expected to name El Dorado County’s new superintendent of schools on Jan. 5.

Diana Lambert: 916-321-1090, @dianalambert