Public can help pick next El Dorado County schools chief

El Dorado County residents have until Dec. 15 to tell the Board of Education which characteristics they would like to see in a new superintendent of schools.

The Board of Education voted Monday to seek applicants to replace Jeremy Meyers, who resigned after two arrests on suspicion of drunken driving this year.

Meyers, 45, stepped down Nov. 14 after attorneys negotiated a $125,000 buyout package.

Because he is an elected official, the Board of Education could only remove Meyers if he was convicted of a felony, was recalled from office, was mentally or physically unable to carry out his duties, or moved out of the jurisdiction, according to the state government code.

A meeting to collect public comment on the preferred characteristics of a new superintendent will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road. Residents also can fill out an online survey at or until 5 p.m. Dec. 15.

The board began the process of collecting community comment at a Dec. 1 meeting.

“Community input and review of qualified candidates remains a top priority for the board, even though an application process is not mandated for an appointment,” according to an El Dorado County Office of Education news release.

Meyers was appointed superintendent of the El Dorado County Office of Education in 2013 to complete the term of Vicki Barber, who retired. He was unopposed in the 2014 election and won a four-year term. He drew a $196,837 annual salary and $9,320 in medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, according to the Office of Education. The county office paid him $7,600 for travel, mileage and expenses.

The new superintendent will complete Meyers’ term, which ends Jan. 7, 2019.

The application and job parameters are at Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 21. The board will select and interview the top candidates during public meetings on Jan. 4-5, according to the Office of Education.

Diana Lambert: 916-321-1090, @dianalambert