SPS Put Transportation Director on Paid Leave After DWI

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—The Springfield School District’s Transportation Director, Richard Emling, was arrested this weekend for driving while intoxicated. Now the question stands: How will this affect the district?

In a statement released to KOLR10 on Monday, a Springfield School District representative said: 

“We are aware of Mr. Emling's situation and are currently reviewing all information related to this matter. Personnel issues are confidential so at this time I do not have any additional information to share.”

Later that same day the school district announced it would be placing Emling on paid leave. 

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report (which can be found below) charges, in this case, include misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, failure to signal and failure to drive within a single lane. 

KOLR10 did obtain a copy of the SPS employee contract, which states in part: 

“An employee who is charged with a criminal offense may be suspended from employment with the school district or removed from association with children until a final decision on the charges is made by a court of competent distinction…”

SPS has yet to comment on whether those measures will be taken in this case. 

School bus drivers are required to have a commercial drivers license, commonly known as a CDL.

However, through speaking with other bus drivers in the Ozarks today, KOLR10 learned, it’s not uncommon to lose your commercial drivers license after earning a DWI. 

SPS says even if Emling were to lose his CDL, that loss of license wouldn’t necessarily disqualify him for his job as director because it is one at the supervisory level, not one that requires him to drive a bus. 

For the Missouri State Highway Patrol's arrest report, click here.


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