In Oregon, the governor is also the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The governor appoints the Deputy Superintendent, who runs the Oregon Department of Education.
Governor Kate Brown appointed Colt Gill to this role and he was confirmed by the Senate in February 2018.
Just months later in 2018, Colt attempted to provide cover for Governor Kate Brown as she was in a tight re-election race with the Republican candidate Knute Buehler.
This article from the Oregonian captures the controversy and how Colt ended up having to reverse his decision.
In April 2021, the national news picked up on a leaked audio clip from Beaverton Oregon Superintendent Don Grotting.
Rather than backing the teachers and community who Grotting was threatening, Colt Gill provided some weak and confusing support for Grotting.
Good to know where you stand on this Colt.
Hired by Colt Gill months after he was appointed to lead ODE. Also owns and manages Oregon Center for Educational Equity, a consulting & training firm that does business with public agencies in Oregon.