Mead Launches Dept. of Education Investigation

By BOB MOEN, Associated Press 

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead has launched an inquiry into operations at the state Department of Education.
    The inquiry will look at concerns raised by agency employees about human resources, budget and other issues the agency. The inquiry by a six-member panel will be led by Cathy MacPherson, a longtime Wyoming attorney in Rawlins.
    Superintendent Cindy Hill was removed as head of the Education Department last month by a law enacted by the Legislature this session. She has been replaced by a temporary director appointed by Mead.
    Lawmakers took the step after finding that Hill was not being cooperative in implementing education reforms enacted by the Legislature. In addition, Mead and some lawmakers have noted complaints and concerns from agency employees about how the agency was run under Hill.