(Lander, Wyo.) – At today’s Wyoming Association of County Officers convention in Lander, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill gave a short, grave and pointed speech about her view of the state of the state.
Hill has sued the state for the passage of a bill that stripped her of many of her duties. She told WACO today that she no longer has “general supervision” of the state’s school systems and feels confident that her lawsuit will show the bill was in violation of the state’s constitution.
She said that twice elsewhere in Wyoming’s history have the duties been stripped from the position she now holds and said in 1919 it was returned after having been revoked for two years because it was against the state’s constitution. She also noted the large turnover seen in the legislature that year, apparently hinting that a similar changing of the guard could occur next year. “Pay attention to who your representatives are,” she said.
While giving her speech, Hill wandered the aisles and timed her talk with her cell phone.
She also acknowledged rumors of a campaign to have her impeached.
“I’m sorry I wasn’t humorous,” she said, noting several of the other elected officials who spoke this morning had cracked jokes.
“A lot of things are going on that are uncomfortable,” Hill said. “There are problems, a lot of them.”
Hill said she attended an emergency meeting of a board she serves on yesterday, where funding was to be approved to make the Capitol building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. She said she supported the effort but said nearly $100 million in funding to improvements on another building had been “slipped in.” She voted against the projects and said there are “lots” of similar emergency meetings happening.
Hill also pointed fingers at an unnamed legislator who was trying to drum up support for a land swap near Devil’s Tower. She said the legislator had personal family interest with the property. While she said she acknowledges how the sentimental value of the property would affect the man’s family, she said she represents the people of Wyoming.
“I’ve been keeping my promises when no one’s looking,” she said.