Wyoming HR manager: Hill administration asked employees to change status against AG’s advice

2014-01-08T11:38:00Z 2014-01-18T15:37:04Z Wyoming HR manager: Hill administration asked employees to change status against AG’s adviceBy LEAH TODD Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online
January 08, 2014 11:38 am  • 

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.

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  1. Sassy
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    Sassy - January 09, 2014 8:36 am
    Wyoite- I dont disagree with what you are saying. Mead searched and found a career politician that said he could play nice with the legislators and the teachers union...

    Don't forget the teachers union is driving the education train in Wyoming....
  2. Wyoite
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    Wyoite - January 08, 2014 10:13 pm
    Oh let me count the ways of being disenchanted-- In my opinion . . .

    1. He has no professional education experience. None.

    2. He holds neither an undergraduate or graduate degree in education. He's an accountant.

    3. He is a politician from another State, and did not resign prior to accepting the appointment by Mead. Has he even resigned his duties in AZ yet?

    4. He is personally fiscally irresponsible- to the extreme. If stories out of Arizona are correct, he recently stuck it to his creditors in Arizona by short selling his house and leaving the creditors high and dry. Why would we allow someone to run our State's education budget when he can't make his own checkbook balance??

    5. He supports our children's curriculum be dictated by standards set by the Federal Dept of Education (aka Common Core) rather than local, elected, school boards.

    6. He uses the State jet for personal transportation between Az and Wyoming.

    7. His Bio/Resume is full of fluff and overreaches. Really, the CFO of the "largest" dietician company in the United States is short-selling his house, relocating his family, and applying for a $90K/ year salaried temporary position in a State he has no connections to? The funny thing is, we paid a search company thousands of dollars to find us this guy.

    Shall I go on?

    Now, I should point out, you get what you get in this situation. I mean, how many qualified, highly-desirable, well-educated, experience-ladened candidates are you going to get to apply when you have a public process for what may be a very temporary position (ummm, still waiting on the S Court ruling) that is not being supported by the citizens of this State? You get desperate, unqualified candidates to choose from, which is precisely what we got.

  3. Jackson
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    Jackson - January 08, 2014 8:52 pm
    WYOITE - so are you disenchanted with Crandall because of something he has done, or are you just upset that someone (him) was appointed pursuant to the new law?
    Commenters like yourself sometimes reach out so far that they tip over. Did you injure anything besides your brain?
  4. Wyoite
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    Wyoite - January 08, 2014 7:33 pm
    What? They want to impeach an elected official for making government employees at-will?? Why is that, was she making the other officials look bad for doling out these lifetime emoyment agreements??

    The average citizen believes all govt employees should be at-will. Especially the head of our public schools who should serve at the will of the people and not the Govervor.

    So- how do we fire this Crandall yahoo from Arizona? I guess we have to fire the Governor unless someone knows another way to get rid of this guy and put the power to hire our Sup of Public Instruction back into the electorate's hands.
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