Governor Justice Announces Firing of Gayle Manchin as Secretary of Education and the Arts

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - Gov. Justice has announced the firing of Gayle Manchin, Secretary of Department of Education and the Arts.

In a release, Gov. Justice stated the following:

"We have not made a decision yet on legislation (HB 4006) to reorganize the Department of the Education and the Arts," Gov. Justice said. "Earlier today, Secretary Manchin asked the Chief of Staff, Mike Hall, about how she should approach this. She was told by the Chief of Staff to do nothing based upon my public comments this morning, and that my decision to veto or sign this bill has not been made. Later in the day, she decided to defy the Chief of Staff's instructions and issued a press release. In her press release she offered to resign and remove any political cloud. If there weren't any earlier political cloud, now there surely is one. She was very critical, made it political, and put me in a very, very bad position. She was told that we accepted her resignation, she refused, and we terminated her. "

Gayle Manchin was appointed to the position by Gov. Justice in January 2017.

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