- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court decision in favor of state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill left some current employees at the Wyoming Department of Education upset and looking for new jobs, agency Director Richard Crandall said Wednesday.

Crandall said it was “heartbreaking” when news of Tuesday’s decision hit the department.

“People were just crying and sobbing, just couldn’t believe this was going to happen to them a second time,” he said.

Crandall said he canceled a planned out-of-state trip this week and will keep his office door open for employees.

On Wednesday, he sent an email to employees outlining their due-process rights and who to go to with employment concerns, he said.

About 10 current employees testified against Hill earlier this month during a legislative investigation into whether Hill committed any impeachable offenses when she oversaw the agency in 2011 and 2012.

Concerns about Hill’s administration of the department led to the GOP-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Matt Mead enacting a law last year that removed the superintendent as head of the agency. The superintendent was replaced by a director appointed by the governor.

The Supreme Court decision means Crandall’s job would be eliminated because it was created by the law.

Crandall said he has business interests he can fall back on.

“I’ll be active in education,” he said. “I’m just not sure in what capacity.”

Hill could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

In remarks Tuesday after the court decision, Hill said that if everyone focuses on their education work, her return to the department should go smoothly.

“I’m asking that everyone get back to work and that we focus on what I was elected to do and what everyone else has been hired to do,” she said.

The court ruled 3-2 that the Legislature went too far in reducing the superintendent’s constitutional duties.

The law took effect a year ago in the middle of Hill’s four-year term. She was first elected in 2010.

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