Governor's office reviewing report on Wyoming education chief

2013-07-08T09:14:00Z 2013-08-07T08:32:14Z Governor's office reviewing report on Wyoming education chiefThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 08, 2013 9:14 am  • 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The governor's office is reviewing a confidential portion of a report critical of schools Superintendent Cindy Hill to see if any parts of it can be released to the public, officials said.

A 185-page public report was released last month but it stated that one portion was withheld because of personal and personnel information believed to be confidential and protected from disclosure under the state public records law, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/1agpSiN ) reported Monday.

"The confidential report is currently being reviewed to assure that we comply with the law regarding inspection," Carol Statkus, general counsel to the governor, said in response to a public records request from the Tribune Eagle.

Renny MacKay, a spokesman for Gov. Matt Mead, said the review is expected to take "a short number of weeks." MacKay noted there are hundreds of accompanying documents with the report.

The report from a team appointed by Mead included allegations that Hill misspent federal funds, abused the use of state resources and fostered a hostile work environment within the Department of Education. Hill has denied any wrongdoing.

The report made no conclusions or recommendations.

Media attorney Bruce Moats said it's hard to say if the information should be made public because the entire contents of the report are unknown.

Still, he said it is in the public interest to have the information, even if it means redacting names or facts that are justifiably confidential.

The Legislature's Management Council will meet on Friday to determine whether to empanel a special legislative committee to investigate the findings in the report.

If the group is formed, it is expected to recommend whether impeachment hearings are justified.

Several lawmakers said being able to subpoena the secret documents is one of the reasons they want to create the special panel.

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