CONCORD, CA (May 29, 2022) — Concord vice mayor Laura Hoffmeister was arrested by Clayton police Wed., May 25 for driving under the influence of alcohol after dinner and wine with friends. She was taken to the Martinez Detention Center where she spent the night.
In a statement released this morning, Hoffmeister said she takes “full responsibility.”
“I am extremely disappointed in myself and deeply sorry in my lack of judgment. I sincerely apologize to the residents of Concord and Clayton, my colleagues, my family, and friends. As an elected official, I know the public expects higher standards and I agree. I have already begun taking action; including seeking treatment and measures to ensure that this does not happen again. In time, I hope you can forgive me.”
Hoffmeister is taking paid leave from her position as assistant city manager for the city of Clayton to allow time to address the issue, she confirmed in a phone call with the Pioneer today.
Hoffmeister was first elected to the Concord City Council in 1997 and has been mayor six times.