Patrick: Early Ed Head Did Nothing Illegal in Taking Time to Train for Other Job
Sherri Killins stepped down Monday as the head of the Department of Early Education and Care after reports she spent significant time in a superintendent training program.
Gov. Deval Patrick said last week that nothing was illegal about Early Education and Care Commissioner Sherri Killins continuing to collect her $200,000 annual salary while she took time to train to be a superintendent and lived in Connecticut.
Killins stepped down from the post earlier this week amid questions about her participation in a training program in Ware, which required a significant time investment and had some wondering whether it was cutting into the time she spent on the job.
Patrick said Thursday that Killins did the training during her vacation time and other time off, and that there is no rule against living in another state while serving as a top Massachusetts official, the Associated Press reported.
The administration has conducted a review of Killins' case but it has not yet been made public.
Meanwhile, she will continue to get her salary for the next two months while she works as an outside consultant from her New Haven, Conn., home, the Boston Herald reported.