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Hill to testify at hearing

Poised to announce bid for governor, Hill will testify at hearing

Jan 8, 2014 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill said she has always acted with integrity and honesty in addressing the state's public education needs as she prepared to testify before a special legislative committee looking into whether she committed impeachable offenses.

Hill is among 16 witnesses subpoenaed for the three-day hearing by the Select Investigative Committee that began Monday to investigate her administration of the state Department of Education in 2011 and 2012.

"It is my hope that this process, slanted and biased as it has been, will nevertheless now allow truth to shine through all of the slanders and baseless accusations," Hill said in a prepared statement released Wednesday morning.

There was some question entering Wednesday's hearing as to how long Hill would be available to testify.

On Tuesday, she said she was scheduled to leave Cheyenne at noon for a political event in Newcastle. Hill is running for governor this year.

However, on Wednesday morning, she informed the committee she had rearranged her schedule.The committee had planned to call Hill first Wednesday but went back to its original plan to have her testify last so she could hear the other witnesses scheduled on the final day. Hill has been present for the hearing, representing herself and submitting questions to witnesses via e-mail.

Wednesday's session included testimony on hiring practices and apparent disregard for an attorney general's opinion on changing how employees are classified while the Education Department was under Hill's leadership.

During Tuesday's hearing, witnesses testified that the agency issued questionable contracts, altered reports to hide information from the Legislature and took money from legitimate programs to pay for one lawmakers had prohibited.

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