BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
A candidate for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board was arrested in 2016 for a DUI, a prosecutor said yesterday.
When asked about the DUI yesterday, candidate Sean Ballard said that it was a “one-time mistake” that will “never be repeated.”
Ballard, a Menlo Park resident who is managing partner of an investment firm, added that he is in the process of expunging the DUI from court records.
According to the Post’s police blotter from the time, Ballard was pulled over near his home at Timothy Lane and Bay Road at 1:16 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2016, and was released to First Chance in Burlingame, a program that offers a 24-hour station to sober up.
Ballard blew a .14% blood alcohol level on a Breathalyzer about an hour after being arrested, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The legal limit is 0.08%.
Ballard told police that he had two martinis after he had been pulled over for swerving, Wagstaffe said.
Ballard pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI and was sentenced to three years probation. Ballard also said that his driver’s license was briefly suspended.
“I paid my fines, served a brief suspension of my driver’s license and fulfilled an uneventful three-year probation exactly as ordered by the judge,” Ballard said in a statement to the Post yesterday.
Ballard, 43, of Menlo Park, is one of two challengers running against incumbents Virginia Chang Kiraly and Rob Silano on the board that oversees the fire district which serves Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Atherton, North Fair Oaks and west Menlo Park.
Ballard and former board member Peter Carpenter on a slate against the two incumbents. Ballard and Carpenter contend the current board micromanages Chief Harold Schapelhouman.
Ballard is involved with the district’s Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, and sits on the district’s finance committee. He previously ran for a seat on the board in 2018. He is a managing partner at investment firm Eigenvector Capital. He grew up in Menlo Park and moved back to town in 2014.