Embattled El Dorado County Schools Superintendent Resigns

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The El Dorado County Office of Education Board announced on Monday, that their troubled Superintendent, Jeremy Meyers, has resigned from office.

In the last five months, the El Dorado County Office of Education has recorded plenty of unwanted PR, but that's about to change.

"The trouble Jeremy has had has been a great distraction," Board President John Lane said.

Meyers was arrested for two, separate DUIs. Earlier this month, he slammed his truck into a utility box near his office. In June, he was also caught drinking behind the wheel. Both times he was arrested in the middle of the day, with double the legal alcohol limit.

"How do you go home and explain to your high school kid that it's not okay to drink and drive, if the superintendent is allowed to do it, and keep his job?" Jackie Neau asked. She and her husband attended Monday's special meeting.

After his first arrest on June 9, the El Dorado County Board of Education was told they did not have the authority to fire an elected official. Meyers was voted into office for a four-year term in 2014.

In June, Myers apologize for his mistake and pleaded no contest in court. He ended up keeping his job and $200,000 annual salary.

Not this time. At a second special meeting Monday, the Board announced Meyers has stepped down.

"The board determined on a 5-0 unanimous vote, that it was in the best interest of the county of education, and those we serve to stabilize this organization, by accepting Mr. Meyers' resignation, and entering into a confidential resignation agreement with Mr. Meyers, effective November 14th, 2015," Lane said.

Lane said their legal team had been working with Meyers' attorney to get the resignation. Now that it is done, the position is vacant. In the meantime,
The Deputy Superintendent will take over Meyers' workload. The Board will now review their options on how to fill the position.

"Generally, I guess you can go to an election, which would be expensive, or there is probably going to be an opportunity to appoint," Lane said.

Myers has not worked since he bonded out of the El Dorado County Jail on Nov. 5. Many hope to see him get the help he needs.

"We really wish him well. Hoping he'll get through some of his trials," Lane said

"He's gotta want it, just like any alcoholic, want the help he is receiving," Steve Neau, who attended the meeting said.

"I hope he gets the help that he needs, but would I vote for him again? I couldn't say," Jackie Neau said.

We contacted both Myers and his attorney for comment. We have not received a response.

Meyers' November DUI case is still under review. No court date has been set yet.


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