Maine governor names Jim Rier to lead Department of Education

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday that he has selected Jim Rier as his nominee for commissioner of the Department of Education.

Rier, who has worked in the department for 10 years and who was appointed acting commissioner by LePage in October of last year, has been overseeing the department since former Commissioner Stephen Bowen resigned in September 2013 to take a job with the national Council of Chief State School Officers.

LePage’s nomination of Rier is subject to review by the state’s Board of Education, which is scheduled to interview Rier at its Jan. 15 meeting.

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