Gov. Matt Mead has signed Senate File 104 into law, which dramatically reduces the role of the state superintendent of public instruction.
Immediately after signing the legislation, Mead appointed Wyoming Community College Commission Executive Director Jim Rose as interim for the newly created Wyoming Education Department director position.
The process of selecting a permanent director requires the Wyoming State Board of Education to provide three names to the governor. The governor selects from those names and appoints a director by December 1. That appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.
Meanwhile, supporters of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new law that transfers most of her administrative duties to an appointed director.
Mead was served with the lawsuit in the governor's office immediately after the news conference where he signed SF104.
Hill met afterward with Mead.
“We had just the nicest conversation, the two of us,” Hill told reporters outside the governor’s office.
She declined to identify the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in Laramie County District Court.
“This is a watershed moment in Wyoming history,” Hill said. "The suit challenges the raw, unchecked exercise of power of the legislative branch.”