CHEYENNE – Crews hauled computers, desks, tables, boxes of files and cabinets across the Wyoming Capitol complex on Thursday, moving state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill to her new digs.
Hill and eight other employees moved from their offices at the Wyoming Department of Education in the Hathaway Building to a second-floor office suite beyond the Wyoming State Museum in the Historic Barrett Building.
The heavy lifting came from the Department of Administration and Information Facilities Operations.
Hill and the governor's office are working out the details in what is an unprecedented move. On Tuesday, Gov. Matt Mead signed Senate File 104 into law, which stripped the superintendent of public instruction position of much of its administrative duties. Mead appointed Wyoming Community College Commission Executive Director Jim Rose as interim director of the Department of Education. Mead will choose a permanent director for the newly created position by Dec. 1.
Hill provided the governor's office with a list of employees she wanted to retain.
“That process of figuring out the right staff is ongoing,” said Kari Gray, Mead’s chief of staff.
“She has a policy group of people she thought would be important to her,” Gray added.
Hill will define the roles of her staff as she begins her new position.
Additionally, Hill will need an operations budget.
“I think the logistics are still being worked out,” Gray said.
Gray said the money may come from the state budget.
Since the Department of Education is also in transition, it’s not yet clear whether the people who left with Hill will need to be replaced. Some of them may have performed functions that will no longer be necessary with the new law, Gray said.
Hill hopes the Legislature will appropriate money for a budget. She didn’t say how much money she needed.
“We’re hoping the Legislature will support us,” she said.