Wash. Schools Chief Dorn issues apology - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wash. Schools Chief Dorn issues apology

SEATTLE - Superintendent Randy Dorn has issued an apology for his actions that led to his arrest in Orting over the weekend. The apology comes four days after he was arrested near Orting High School in rural Pierce County at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. On Wednesday, he was charged with one county of driving under the influence. He will appear in court on April 2.

In a statement issued by his office in Olympia, Dorn acknowledges embarrassing and hurting his family and disappointing his supporters and staff. He says it pains him deeply that he has not set a good example for the school children of Washington.

Here's the statement in it's entirety:

I understand the public wants to know more about my recent citation. I am not at liberty to discuss the legal aspects of this case, but I can now share more information.

First and foremost, I want to apologize for what happened last Saturday night. My wife, our sons and I attended the annual crab feed and dance at Swiss Sportsman Club Park in Bonney Lake. My family has long supported the club. As members, we stayed late to help clean up the hall. I drank beer during the event, but I thought I was capable of driving home. I now know that drinking any amount of alcohol before driving is an extremely poor choice.

Today, my attorney has asked the city of Orting to release all the documents regarding this case because the public has a right to see this information.  I am pleased the court has moved my hearing date from Monday, April 6, to Friday, April 2, to begin to address this matter sooner.

This week, I have continued to do the job the people of this state elected me to do. This morning I attended an important meeting with Gov. Chris Gregoire regarding our state's application for the federal "Race to the Top" grant. Next week, I will take a long-planned vacation with my wife – a school librarian who will be on spring break.

Again, I want everyone to know how sorry I am for what happened on Saturday. I have caused hurt and embarrassment to my family and I have disappointed my supporters and my staff. I work hard every day for the school children of this state and it pains me deeply that I have not set a good example for them. I will work hard to earn back your trust and I pledge that I will never make this mistake again.

(The Associated Press)

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