Legislators name Marcia Seiler acting interim director of the LRC

10/02/2013 02:21 PM

Legislative leaders who serve on the Legislative Research Commission on Wednesday elevated an assistant director for the agency to serve as acting director of the LRC in the wake of Bobby Sherman’s abrupt retirement two weeks ago.

Seilers is one of four deputy directors to the LRC and she is the director for educational accountability earning a $121,200 yearly salary. The division Silers heads was created as part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act to research education trends and investigate tips about impropriety in schools.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, made the motion to name Seilers as acting director. The rest of the Senate and House leaders agreed unanimously. The director of the LRC oversees a staff of 380 during the interim, but 250 additional people are hired when the General Assembly is in session.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said part of the decision to name Seilers was because her office is based outside the state Capitol at an office on Coffeetree Lane.

“Given the situation and the investigation of the shredding of documents that it was best to bring somebody – her office is out by the Vietnam veterans memorial, so she’s not part of staff here in the Capitol,” Stumbo told reporters after the meeting. “I think she’s a good choice to get us, you know, moving down the right road.”

The next step to name a permanent replacement to Sherman will be to request the National Conference of State Legislatures help spearhead the search.

Leaders on Wednesday agreed to meet with the NCSL to determine what a search might cost taxpayers. Lawmakers thought the NCSL would start with an audit of LRC practices while helping to find a replacement for Sherman.

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