A former Arizona state lawmaker who served as Wyoming's schools chief is poised to become Colorado's next education commissioner.

The Colorado State Board of Education on Monday named Richard D. Crandall as the sole finalist to replace Robert Hammond, who retired in June.

Under Colorado law, the board must give two weeks' notice before it can hire Crandall.

Crandall, a Republican, resigned his seat in the Arizona Senate after being appointed by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to lead the state education department there in 2013. That position was eventually ruled unconstitutional by the Wyoming Supreme Court, which reinstated the state's elected school superintendent.

Crandall is certified public accountant, a licensed school nutrition specialist and the founder of a company that oversees and audits USDA school child nutrition programs.