Jeff Pegler, Indian River County School Board member, resigns
Colleen Wixon, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
9:42 AM, Jul 9, 2013
Indian River County School Board member Jeff Pegler plans to resign his position at the end of the month, a statement he released Tuesday morning said.
Pegler, who was elected to the District 2 seat in 2010, said in the statement he had accepted a position requiring him and his family to relocate. He said he will be working as assistant general counsel for a nonprofit children's organization in Tampa.
"I have come to the realization that I need to make some changes not only for myself, but for my family," he said in the statement.
Pegler's resignation becomes effective July 26.
He said he considered staying for the remaining year of his term and commuting.
"Practically, it wasn't realistic," he said.
He said resigning was difficult.
"You feel like you're disappointing people," he said.
LETTER OF RESIGNATION
"I wanted to let you know that I have decided to resign from the Indian River County School Board effective Friday, July 26, 2013. This has been an extremely difficult decision, but I believe that it is the right decision for my family and the citizens of Indian River County.
"When I ran for the School Board in 2010, I expected to continue practicing law with family, and Jennifer and I planned spend the rest of our lives in Vero Beach. Unfortunately, as we all know, life does not always unfold as we hope or expect. The past year and a half has been incredibly difficult. With two jobs, two young children and a one hundred sixty mile daily commute, I have come to the realization that I need to make some changes not only for myself, but for my family. My wife and sons outweigh everything else in life, and I realize that nothing is more important than their happiness and well-being.
"I have accepted an incredible position with an organization whose mission is to help children; however, it will require us to relocate. I hope that this upcoming chapter in my life will be as fulfilling as my experience on the School Board has been.
"Indian River County will always remain a part of our lives. My wife grew up here and has dedicated herself to the school district. I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to serve on the School Board and work with Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Disney-Brombach, Ms. Jimenez, Mr. McCain, Dr. Adams and Ms. Dâ€™Agresta. They are extraordinary, intelligent and passionate beyond measure, and I will miss them deeply.
"I have worked as hard as possible to contribute to the school district, and I hope that I have succeeded in some small respect. I will always be grateful to the citizens of our county and the School District of Indian River County, and I will continue to work to ensure that all children reach their full potential in the years to come."