Alameda school board member arrested

Alameda school boardmember Jennifer Williams was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Alameda beatWilliams was pulled over by Alameda Police on Feb. 12 just before 10:30 p.m. on the 900 block of High Street, near Otis Drive, according the department’s activity log.

“Suspect displayed the objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication and was taken into custody,” according to the police log.

Williams did not immediately respond to an email asking for comment.

The arrest comes at a time when Alameda residents are coping with a number of accidents since last fall involving vehicles striking pedestrians, including school children.

A day before Williams’ arrest, an elderly woman was killed by a motorist at an intersection near Alameda High School. Last month, a 34-year-old woman was killed on Ralph Appezzato Parkway by a suspect alleged to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

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Alameda school boardmember Jennifer Williams.

Williams notified her colleagues on the school board of the arrest about two days later in an email on Feb. 14.

“I am prepared to take full responsibility for any mistakes I may have made. As no charges have been filed. I cannot comment further at this time. Will fully participate in any consequent legal proceedings as appropriate,” Williams wrote to the board.

Williams, who is an administrative law judge, prefaced the email by declaring it to be a “privileged communication” between her and the board. But the email was later determined to be a public record by the school district’s legal counsel because school boardmembers are not considered employees of the school district.

Williams was elected to the Alameda Board of Education in 2016, and is up for re-election this November. Four years ago, she was the top vote-getter in a field of six candidates vying for three at-large seats on the school board. Williams was also rumored to be a potential candidate for the City Council this fall.

16 thoughts on “Alameda school board member arrested

  1. Steve, is Randy right about recent traffic accident and deaths to pedestrians in Alameda. The City does not do a lot to publish stats on these. As I recall Alameda has more water incidents and drownings than dead pedestrians. Can you help on this?


  2. QTJ, I am sure her husband had some influence. Even though he is a cop, she runs the show. There is no excuse for her actions, especially with all the recent accidents and deaths of cars hitting people here in Alameda. She needs to be dismissed immediately, oh yeah, she is a so called judge, so NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!!


  3. –“I am sure not being charged is something that her husband had worked out.”

    Randy, you might “BENEFIT” from some “DOUBT” every once in a while. On the other hand, if you are trying to permanently avoid jury duty, you’re on the way to making a case for yourself


  4. Hey guys lets dump more taxpayer money on these clowns in school board and AUSD. These administrative scumbags deserve lower wages than teachers but somehow get lumped in to their payroll when we talk about Measure C and such.


  5. Steve: Is Randy accurate? Is Williams married to an Alameda Police Officer? If so, where is the reporting on this clear conflict of interest. If it is not so, please tell us.

    Randy: Which police department is does her husband serve in? Is he presently a cop?

    Jeanne: If you were looking for a pattern of poor judgement and a betrayal of the public trust, this sure sounds like it.


  6. When her husband is a cop, there are no details that matter at this point. She should know that driving under the influence is wrong period. I have heard stories of this women causing so much chaos when she was the PTA president, and like Trump scheming behind Presidents that followed her. She does not deserve this position or any other position. NO BENEFIT OF ANY DOUBT here. I am sure not being charged is something that her husband had worked out. Maybe he needs to review the laws with her in more detail!!!


  7. One incident does not represent a pattern of behavior. There are details unbeknownst to us. I reserve judgement until all of the facts are revealed.


  8. Alameda voters need to take notice of this opportunity to blow fresh air in to the Alameda Unified School District and the City Council. Vote the drunk out of office before she kills someone. There should be no tolerance for Drunk Drivers.


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