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Swim coach charged with drunk driving

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By Jennifer Garcia

Los Alamos High School Diving Coach Keith Greene, 45, of Los Alamos, was arrested following a traffic stop on San Ildefonso Road at 11:02 p.m. Oct. 22.

Greene was charged with aggravated DWI after refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test at the scene.
Lt. Reggie Briggle of the Los Alamos Police Department said, “Mr. Greene is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in magistrate court on Dec. 15.”

In accordance with Los Alamos Public Schools Policy 4029, the Drug-Free Schools Campuses and Drug-Free Workplace policy, “an employee is required to report all arrests, convictions, or any detentions, including those for driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI) and other substance abuse violations to the superintendent/assistant superintendent within five days of occurrence. Failure to comply with the above may result in disciplinary action, including termination.”

Superintendent Gene Schmidt said that Greene did report his arrest to the school district.

“Mr. Greene, in accordance with the district’s policy, reported his arrest within five days and we took personnel action as required by Policy 4029. Further details are not being shared since this is a personnel matter,” Schmidt said.

Greene faces disciplinary action from the district, which according to policy, could be one of the following:
• “Require the employee (at employee’s expense) to participate satisfactorily in an alcohol and/or other drug abuse counseling or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state, local heath, law enforcement or other appropriate agency; or

• Impose appropriate personnel action against the employee up to and including termination of employment.”

Because it is a personnel matter, Schmidt would not comment on what sort of action the district has decided to take.

When contacted, Athletics Director Vicki Nelms also declined to comment because the issue is a personnel matter.

“I have no comment. Contact HR,” Nelms said.

School Board President Melanie McKinley would not comment either, and said she had no knowledge of the incident.

Attempts to reach Greene were unsuccessful, and a recording indicated that the number listed for Greene was no longer in service.

Jennifer Garcia can be reached at lacommunity@lamonitor.com