Early Education and Care Commissioner Sherri Killins, who resigned from her $200,000-a-year post Monday, will continue working for the department in a consulting role for up to two months and will be compensated for her work to assist the transition to a new commissioner, according to the Patrick administration.
Killins offered her resignation after questions were raised about her time commitment to a superintendent training internship with Ware schools. Patrick defended Killins Monday, indicating that an initial inquiry has produced no evidence she did anything wrong.
Education Secretary Matt Malone is expected to complete his investigation in coming days.
Though Patrick said Killins had done a terrific job as commissioner of early education, the governor would not offer a reason for her resignation, except to say that she was not forced out. Killins told department staff in an e-mail announcing her departure that it was a “good time” to step aside for strategic reasons.
“My goal has been to ensure all children in Massachusetts have access to high-quality early learning experiences in both the formal and informal environments,’’ she said. “My presence throughout the state is a reflection of my tireless effort in that regard.’’
Matt Wilder, a spokesman for the Executive Office of Education, said that if Killins accepts a new job in the next two months her consultancy and compensation will be canceled, but he added that she will be entitled to payment for accrued vacation time.