During a June 18 meeting, Winkler offers up a driver’s license as evidence of his residency in the district.
[KHTS] – Saugus Union School District officials have been OK’d to take the next step in the lengthy legal process for removing an elected official from office, officials said Wednesday.
SUSD governing board members voted 4-1 last June to oust Stephen Winkler from the board, claiming he maintained a residence outside of school district boundaries, which would violate the state’s Education Code.
“We were notified by the attorney general that we can sue in the quo warranto (proceedings),” said Joan Lucid, superintendent of the Saugus Union School District, adding that the district was waiting on the final paperwork from the Attorney General’s Office in order to proceed.
“At which point, then we have the ability to go to the court to file that quo warranto at this time,” she said.
“It is the first step,” she added. “It’s not a short process.”
Winkler is escorted from the dias June 18 after the board voted to vacate his seat on grounds he did not maintain a residence in the school district, as state law requires.
Once the paperwork is obtained, district officials must then present their case as a lawsuit, and a judge will rule on the validity of the complaint, Lucid said.
“The attorney general has already said the district can sue him for the residency requirement,” Lucid said. “The attorney general found enough there that says, ‘Go take it to a court.’ It allows us to go the judge and say, ‘Our paperwork is worthy of everyone looking at it.'”
SUSD Statement, 2-12-2014:
On February 11, 2014, the Saugus Union School District received notice that the Attorney General will grant the District leave to sue Stephen Winkler in quo warranto. The District will now have the opportunity to seek a ruling from the superior court that Mr. Winkler does not meet the residency requirements for eligibility to hold office as a member of the District’s Board of Trustees. While this is just the first step in the next phase of the legal process, the completion of which will take some time, this case has moved one step closer to resolution.