Moments after Governor Mead signed Senate File into law Tuesday afternoon, current schools superintendent Cindy Hill served the governor with notice that she and others are challenging the constitutionality of the measure
The new law replaces her voter-elected position as head of the Wyoming Department of Education with a governor-appointed director despite strong opposition to the measure and not just from Hill.
Also on Tuesday, State Representative Stephen Watt of Rock Springs (pictured) in a news release was so upset with the new law that he went on record to recommend that Hill run for governor in 2014.
Hill has contended all along that the push to pass Senate File 104 was a power grab by certain state lawmakers.
In his endorsement of Hill, Watt says Cindy Hill is the type of person Wyoming needs to run the state because she has great courage and integrity and she’ll do what’s right for Wyoming no matter who’s toes she steps on.
Meanwhile, Governor Mead has appointed Jim Rose as interim director of the state’s education department. Rose is a former democratic state legislator from Laramie. He’s also head of the Wyoming Community College Commission.