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Crandall now works for Mead in policy office

Rich Crandall is no longer the director of the Wyoming Department of Education but he is still a state employee “for a short period of time.”

“He is currently working for the Governor through the transition to answer any questions that may arise,” according to an email response from Renny MacKay, Gov. Matt Mead’s communications director.

Mead hired Crandall, a former Arizona legislator, last year after Cindy Hill was stripped of most of her administrative duties with the Education Department by a 2013 bill that restructured the office.

But in January the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional and a final order from a district court judge last week allowed Hill to return to work. She resumed her duties on Monday.

Crandall, who started work on Aug. 1, was paid $205,000 as director and will continue to be paid that salary. Hill is paid $92,000, as are other constitutional officers.

“He will work in Governor Mead’s policy office for now until the transition is complete,” MacKay said. “He is staying on for a short period of time to help with the transition and answer any questions that may come up.”

In February, MacKay told the Tribune a new job would not be created for Crandall  if and when Hill resumed her duties. On Monday, the spokesman said the temporary position was all part of a process.

“Governor Mead is committed to an orderly transition and has been working with the Superintendent’s Office, over the last month to accomplish this,” he said. “A smooth transition benefits students and teachers and is in the best interest of the Department of Education and its staff.”

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4 comments

  • posted by jmendyka

    April 22, 2014 9:47 pm

    How can Mead justify Crandall's salary?! How can Mead claim to be watching out for the people of Wyoming when he's spending that amount of money on a position that was unnecessary and unconstitutional? Mead is proving to be a very poor steward of the people's money.

  • posted by Lyle

    April 22, 2014 6:05 pm

    How smooth was the "transition" when they ran her off?

  • posted by Kristy T

    April 22, 2014 5:07 pm

    Matt Mead has also resorted to lying saying Cindy Hill was free to return to work but she chose not to! Mead appointed his "Minion" Crandall to refuse her entry of her own elected office and it took a district judge and court order to step back into her own office.
    Mead and our legislators wasted Millions of Dollars for committees and trying to cover their butts for the unconstitutional actions! I sure hope Matt Mead is funding Mr Crandall's 250k salary! The tax payers don't deserve to have another dime stolen from us at this point...

    I sure hope Matt Mead is not Re-elected, probably one of the worst governor's in the state's entire history and a pathological liar!

  • posted by Salty Dawg

    April 22, 2014 9:40 am

    $205,000.... what a total waste of taxpayers money.But then the cost of the witch hunt for Hill will just keep rising.thanks to people like Coe.You all should be real proud of yourselves for your pathetic voting records in Wyoming.

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