Searcy wants back on the Oceano board
August 2, 2012
Former Oceano Community Services District Board Member Richard Searcy has filed papers to run for the seat he recently vacated after being arrested for driving under the influence.
CHP officers arrested Searcy, 59, in May for DUI after he swerved off U.S. Highway 101, over corrected, and rolled his Ford F-250 down the freeway. Officers closed the freeway’s northbound lanes for more than an hour following the accident.
He resigned his seat at a board meeting in late May after CalCoastNews reported his arrest.
Board members voted to appoint Searcy to the board in 2011 following the resignations of Jim Hill and Carol Henson.
Searcy was first elected to the board in the early 1980s. He lost his seat in 2004 after a four-year term, and then had an embarrassing run in with the law in 2005.
At the time, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Pismo Beach police departments were conducting a sting after receiving information that females posing as exotic dancers were performing acts of prostitution.
Police arrested Searcy and seven others during the two-day sting.
Since May, four district residents have filed paperwork laying out their intent to run for the one two-year seat and the three four-year seats up for grabs in the November election.
Former journalist Karen White, who the board appointed to fill Searcy’s vacated seat in June, is slated to run against Searcy for the two-year seat. Current board members Mary Lucey and Matt Guerrero have pulled papers for the four-year positions.