CHEYENNE – At least five Wyoming Department of Education employees were asked to change their employment status against advisement from the Wyoming attorney general, a state human resources manager said today.
Angela Benner told the Legislature's Select Investigative Committee that she investigated several human resources complaints at the Department of Education under state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill’s leadership.
Her findings indicated Hill’s administration asked five classified employees to sign at-will letters despite an attorney general’s opinion saying elected officials didn't have authority to determine employment status.
Benner’s investigation also concluded Hill’s administration likely compromised the state’s competitive recruitment process by preselecting candidates, according to a copy of a March 2012 investigation report.
Hill is expected to testify this afternoon.
The committee is investigating whether Hill committed any impeachable offenses while directing the education department. The Legislature stripped Hill of her administrative duties in January 2013, replacing them with a governor-appointed director. Hill retained her state constitutional duties as the elected superintendent, including serving on state boards.
Check back for more from today's hearings.