(Wyoming Life Resource Center architecture. Ernie Over photo)
(Lander, Wyo.) – As of yesterday, Oct. 2, Wyoming Life Resource Center Superintendent Virginia Wright was no longer employed by the Wyoming Department of Health.
“I just took a retirement,” Wright said in a brief interview.
Department of Health Public Information Officer Kim Deti said, “Virginia chose to retire this week.”
County10.com received several tips that the departure was not amicable. When asked if that were true, Wright declined to comment beyond the fact that she decided to retire.
She said her last day was yesterday, and she was not sure what the future would hold for her career.
“Virginia was encouraged by the last Director to give up her previous state job at the WLRC to take this important political position,” Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, said in an email. The legislator, who is also involved with the Friends of the Wyoming Life Resource Center, said he was unaware of her departure. “She would have been in a very difficult position given the events of the past year. I am very proud of her and wish her well.”
This last legislative session a bill was passed that initiated a study of the efficiencies of the facilities. The Friends and family of clients were concerned that the study could result in a closure or dramatic downsizing of the WLRC. Requests for comment from others on the Friends board were not immediately returned.
Deti said Department of Health Deputy Chief Financial Officer Eric McVicker has been named the interim superintendent and will remain in that post until a replacement is found. “We do intend to start that search right away,” she said.