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Ark. lottery panel puts new limits on chief's pay

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Lottery Commission, in an attempt to deflect criticism it received in the past for former top officials' six-figure salaries, set new salary limits Monday for its next director.

The commission voted to set the maximum salary for the next director at $175,000. The nine-member commission plans to begin interview candidates this weekend for the opening left by former director Ernie Passailaigue, who resigned in September after criticism over his management of the games.

Passailaigue was paid about $324,000 a year, a figure that drew criticism from Gov. Mike Beebe, lawmakers and others. State law sets the lottery director's maximum salary at $141,603, but the director can be paid up to $354,000 if approved by a legislative committee.

Members of the commission said they doubted that legislators would be willing to approve anything nearing Passailaigue's pay.

"We have to think of a figure that is something the oversight committee and, ultimately, the Legislature can live with," commissioner Steve Faris told the panel.

Commission chairwoman Dianne Lamberth said she believed the limit was a more realistic figure than the pay given Passailaigue, who was hired in 2009 to help launch the games.

"It's been a huge perception problem, but I think what this is saying is that startup is over." Lamberth said.

Sen. Johnny Key, who co-chairs the lottery's legislative oversight panel, called the limit a step in the right direction.

"Now we have a lottery that is up and running and stable and using other states as comparisons, they have a strong justification for this number," said Key, R-Mountain Home.

Beebe also said he was pleased with the panel's decision.

"I always thought that other salary was too high," Beebe said. "I understood they were trying to get it set up in a hurry, but those reasons have changed."

The lottery voted to interview seven candidates for the director's job. The finalists are former Pennsylvania horse track and casino executive Richard Knight, New Hampshire Lottery Director Charles McIntyre, former Clinton administration aide Bob Nash, former Georgia Lottery Senior Vice President Joan Schoubert, state House of Representatives Chief of Staff Bill Stovall, former Kansas Lottery Director Edwin Van Petten and current Arkansas Lottery attorney Bishop Woosley.

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Posted: February 8, 2012, 9:43 am - IP Logged

Smart move by the  Lottery Commission. Particularly in this era of unprecedented economic downturn.

Congratulations Arkansas for using common sense in this very publicly perceived sector of your government!   Wink

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    Posted: February 8, 2012, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

    Part of me agrees with this but the other part of me argues that they should get a high salary because they cannot participate in the lottery so they are essentially giving up the chance to win millions of dollars themselves.

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      Posted: February 8, 2012, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

      I wish that Iowa's lottery director was on that list,he's a worthless piece of sh%t.

      When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow

      There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators. ~Will Rogers

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        Posted: February 8, 2012, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

        I wish that Iowa's lottery director was on that list,he's a worthless piece of sh%t.

        Tennessee will take your Director and erect huge Italian Marble Obelisks in his honor if you'll take our Director.


                                                     
                             
                                                 

         

         

         

         

                                                                                                           

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          Posted: February 8, 2012, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

          Hum, this article reads "State law sets the lottery director's maximum salary at $141,603, but the director can be paid up to $354,000 if approved by a legislative committee."

          Confusing, the above makes it appear that the current Director can one year begin being paid in the mid $300Ks annual salary (before any potential bonus) again ... which would mean that nothing limiting ever happened for this state government linked position!!!

          Rant

          Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

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            Posted: February 8, 2012, 5:48 pm - IP Logged

            Tennessee will take your Director and erect huge Italian Marble Obelisks in his honor if you'll take our Director.

            I Agree!   Green laugh

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              Posted: February 8, 2012, 6:21 pm - IP Logged

              Tennessee will take your Director and erect huge Italian Marble Obelisks in his honor if you'll take our Director.

              You can keep her,although I appreciate your offer.I think I do,anyway.

              When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow

              There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators. ~Will Rogers