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LePage Appoints Rier As Acting Education Commissioner
10/08/2013 01:14 PM ET  

Gov. Paul LePage says he's appointing long-time Department of Education employee Jim Rier to serve as acting commissioner while he seeks a permanent replacement for departed Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

Gov. Paul LePage has appointed a veteran state government employee as acting commissioner of Maine's Department of Education.

Jim Rier, a Machias native who now lives in Topsham, has served in the Education Department for a decade, and is currently the department's deputy commissioner. He previously served as the DOE's finance director.

The commissioner's job has been vacant since Stephen Bowen left the post last month to take a job with the Council of Chief State School Officers.

LePage says he's still looking for a permanent commissioner for the Education Department. He says he could introduce his nominee to the Legislature's Education Committee as early as January.


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