Blaine County School District Trustee Kevin Garrison resigned from his post on Monday, three days after he was arrested on a pair of alcohol-related misdemeanors Friday night.
The Zone 5 trustee announced the decision in a letter to Chairman of the Board Ellen Mandeville.
“I was taught from a very early age that a person in a leadership role or in a position of authority should lead by example,” Garrison wrote. “An instance happened this past weekend which was an example that was completely inappropriate in my current role as Trustee and one that I deeply regret. As such, I am voluntarily stepping aside.”
Garrison was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence and possession of an open alcohol container in his vehicle late last week. He was released from custody later on Friday, and as of Monday afternoon had not been arraigned.
“For me, this is a matter of honor and responsibility,” Garrison told the Idaho Mountain Express. “Regardless of the outcome, anything that makes the district looks bad is inappropriate.”
The remaining members of the school board will convene to accept his resignation and discuss his successor during a special meeting Tuesday night. After two-and-a-half years on the board, Garrison wasn’t running for re-election in November—and, his seat is all but filled. Hailey businesswoman Lara Stone is the only name on the ballot. The district is consulting the Idaho School Boards Association on how to tide over the two months until Stone is sworn in, Garrison said.
For more on this story, see the Wednesday, Oct. 23, Idaho Mountain Express.