Cindy Hill Planning Return to Work on Monday

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - It’s been more than five weeks since the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled the removal of Cindy Hill, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, was unconstitutional. She has still not returned to office.
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, took the podium Thursday with a clear message aimed at Governor Matt Mead.
"Efforts should be made to achieve constitutional compliance as quickly as possible," Hill said.
Hill accused the Governor of delaying the process as well as making additional plans with his attorney's to plot further delays.
She is tired of waiting and plans to take back her position at the Wyoming Department of Education now.
"Consistent with the Supreme Court's mandate, on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8 a.m. I will resume my duties as the Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Wyoming Department of Education," Hill said.
The Governor addressed Hill's comments later in the day during a press conference. The Superintendent's announcement came as a surprise to him as well as her comments saying he was plotting to delay her return to the WDE.
"I don't understand the perspective on that. I mean she brought the lawsuit and we haven't gotten an order. I don't know how much plotting that is. We're waiting for the courts order and the Attorney General asked this week for expedited process, so that's part of the legal process and understand none of us control the court’s docket," Mead said.
Richard Crandall, who took over for Hill last year as Director of the Wyoming Department of Education, says he will have a letter from the Wyoming Attorney General waiting for Hill, detailing what legal action she's able to take.
"On Monday, I will be out front if I have this letter from Pete Michael, the Attorney General. I'm happy to visit with Superintendent Hill downstairs if she should come over on Monday," Crandall said.
According to Crandall, Hill will not be allowed to just walk in and find an office as she said she plans to do. Although he says they now have plenty of office space available.
"We've had three resignations the last seven days and we know of some people who will leave the day she starts. There's about six people for sure that will be leaving that same day," Crandall said.
Some employees have asked for law enforcement to be present on Monday and Crandall anticipates there will be some there as a precaution.

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