CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Bill Panos as the new director of the Wyoming School Facilities Department.

Panos is currently the City Manager in Eureka, Calif. He previously served as School Facilities Director in Washington State.

The Wyoming School Facilities Department is charged with making sure each public school district has adequate space to deliver quality education to students.

Mead noted in a statement that the state has spent more than $1 billion on building schools over the last decade, and there are many more school projects in line.

Panos plans to start work in Wyoming on Nov. 4. He will be paid $150,000 a year.