Gov. Mead: Wyoming Education Department inquiry done by month's end

2013-05-01T07:00:00Z 2013-05-21T17:49:12Z Gov. Mead: Wyoming Education Department inquiry done by month's endBy JOSHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

Gov. Matt Mead expects a team investigating concerns from workers at the Wyoming Department of Education will finish its work this month.

Mead did not give Cathy MacPherson, the attorney leading the inquiry, a deadline to complete the job, said Renny MacKay, the governor’s spokesman. But as of now, Mead anticipates the team will finish by the end of May.

The governor announced in February that he’d assembled the team to hear concerns surrounding the Education Department. His office specifically cited issues related to human resources, operations and the budget.

MacKay said he didn’t know how many people have already been interviewed as part of the inquiry.

“We are still in the middle of this,” he said. “The governor wanted to make sure [MacPherson] was independent. So we won’t know what her process is until it’s over.”

MacPherson did not respond Tuesday to a message left at her law office.

Her team includes three people from state government with backgrounds in budgeting, audit and policy, MacKay said. He did not name them.

Mead revealed the inquiry about three weeks after signing a controversial law that removed most of the duties from the superintendent of public instruction and transferred them to a governor-appointed director. That included oversight of the education department.

Cindy Hill, who was the elected superintendent in 2010, filed suit against Mead, arguing the law violates the state constitution. The case is now before the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Hill and some of her staff have since moved out of the education department offices. She said Tuesday she is cooperating with the inquiry and preferred not to comment now on the process.

Jim Rose, whom Mead appointed as interim director of the Education Department, said he hasn’t been interviewed as part of the inquiry. But he said other employees at the agencies have spoken with the team.

“Individual staff members have been very cooperative, providing pertinent documentation and relating their individual experiences,” he wrote in an email to the Star-Tribune.

Star-Tribune staff writer Elysia Conner contributed to this report.

Contact Joshua Wolfson at 307-266-0582 or at josh.wolfson@trib.com. Visit http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/wolfjammies to read his blog. Follow him on Twitter @joshwolfson.

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  1. Pops
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    Pops - May 03, 2013 4:45 pm
    I can only hope that it breaks up the ultra conservative lock these 'clones' have on our state.
  2. Pops
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    Pops - May 01, 2013 10:17 am
    Keep the division going...it's great for the state and the country. True independents will prosper. Let us hope that the system will be given back to the people.
  3. pappy
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    pappy - May 01, 2013 9:13 am
    What Governor Mead, Senator Coe, Rep Lubnau, Rep. Teeters and the rest of the sheep that voted for SF104 don't seem to get is that this isn't about the job Superintendent was doing it is about the process they used to turn the Superintendents job into a figure head position. It's about keeping the bill a secret until the legislature opened and then rushing it through so they didn't have to listen to the voters. They kept it secret during the election because they knew they wouldn't be around if they hadn't. It's about not listening to the voters, this could have been an interim study topic. This is about arrogance and bullying and the voters are tired of it. Now the tax payers have to pay for an investigation to CYOB. Nice try Gov but nobody is buying it, everyone already knows about the job she was doing. If what she was doing was so bad then impeach her but don't strip the Superintendents duties and create an appointed position and tax payer expense to replace it with. this was just wrong on so many levels it can't be justified.
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    LiferRepub1 - May 01, 2013 8:37 am
    Hmmmm... An investigation instigated by the Governor who signed SF104 into law. How much credibility will it have? Sounds like a whole lot of CYOB going on.
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