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Change and rumors of change

In selecting his new chief of staff, Gov. Jim Geringer of Wyoming made what he termed an "easy choice." It was no hardened politician or smooth-talking lobbyist that he wanted for the job--it was former Casper high school teacher Steven Chadderdon.

In naming Mr. Chadderdon, the Republican governor praised his work with young people and his community service.

Mr. Chadderdon, a former history teacher and coach at Casper's Kelly Walsh High School, has for the past 13 years been the owner of the Wyoming Athletic Club in Casper. He has also served as the chairman of the Salvation Army advisory board and as the chairman of Wymedco, the for-profit arm of the Wyoming Medical Center.

For his new job, which began this month, Mr. Chadderdon will maintain contacts with various constituency groups while overseeing administration of the governor's office. The former chief of staff retired in June.

Friday the 13th wasn't a very lucky day for members of the Georgia board of education, especially if they want to keep their posts.

During a board meeting the day before, while state Superintendent Linda C. Schrenko was outside the room taking a phone call, members voted to hire a public relations firm and a lobbyist to represent them during next year's legislative session. The state education department already has people doing those jobs.

The actions didn't sit very well with Gov. Zell Miller, who fired back a letter on Sept. 13 to board Chairman J.T. Williams, giving the board a huge public relations problem. "I have a philosophical problem with the state board of education using taxpayer dollars to establish its own bureaucracy to compete with that of the state department of education," Gov. Miller, a Democrat, wrote. "How silly can you get?"

He indicated that he would direct the legislature and the state Office of Planning and Budget to eliminate funding for the positions created by the board. The governor also said he plans to "make a number of changes in the membership of the board" in January.

--JEANNE PONESSA & LINDA JACOBSON

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