After two DUI charges, El Dorado County education superintendent resigns

Jack Barnwell
Jeremy Meyers
Courtesy / El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Jeremy Meyers, superintendent for the El Dorado County Office of Education, resigned on Monday, Nov. 16, following a special board meeting in Placerville.

According to the office, the board unanimously accepted Meyers’ resignation after it called the meeting to discuss its legal exposure for his recent alleged drunken-driving charges.

Meyers, 45, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence on the afternoon of Nov. 5 in Placerville. It was his second offense in five months.

Deputy superintendents Ed Manansala and Robbie Montalbano released a joint statement following Meyers’ resignation.

“This resignation allows the County Office of Education, the staff and board, to move forward. With this vote, the position of County Superintendent of Schools – El Dorado County is now vacated,” the statement read. “The board will move forward as set forth in law to ensure that this position is filled expediently.”

California Highway Patrol reports alleged Meyers tested for a blood alcohol content of .19 percent on Nov. 5, more than twice the California legal limit of .08 percent.

He was booked into El Dorado County Jail and later released on $17,500 bond, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

El Dorado County Office of Education Communications Director Gina Gentry said Meyers never returned to work following the Nov. 5 incident and wasn’t present at the board meeting.

The details of his resignation weren’t immediately disclosed.

In June, Meyers was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. At the time, CHP reported his blood alcohol content at above .15 percent.

In August, Meyers was booked into El Dorado County Jail for the June incident, and later pleaded no contest to the charges. The court sentenced him to five days of house arrested, and four years of probation.

The board’s options were limited as how to address Meyers’ alleged drunk driving charges because of his role as an elected official.

According to California’s government code, Meyers could only be removed if he was convicted of a felony, was mentally or physically unable to perform his duties, was recalled, or moved out of the El Dorado County.

Meyers was appointed superintendent in July 2013 after Vicki Barber retired from the position. He was elected in 2014 for a four-year term.

The county board of education will now decide how best to replace Meyers following his resignation. The board can either appoint a replacement or hold a special election.

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