AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Gov. Paul LePage is asking the acting commissioner of the state’s education department to take on the role permanently. LePage said Monday that he’s nominating Jim Rier of Topsham as Department of Education Commissioner. Rier has been leading the department since October after Stephen Bowen resigned to take a post at a national nonprofit group. Rier has worked in the education department for a decade, starting as director of finance and operations and becoming deputy commissioner under Bowen in 2011. He was on the Maine Board of Education for two terms and led the overhaul of the State’s school construction process. The board will interview Rier this month. LePage will consider the board’s feedback before formally posting Rier’s name before the Legislature for consideration.