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Arkansas Lottery director survives attempted ouster

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The director of the Arkansas Lottery survived an attempt this week to oust him from his job.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted down a motion to fire Ernie Passailaigue after the lottery director drew a strong rebuke for granting compensatory time off to employees who were exempt from receiving overtime pay.

"I'm going to let the motion speak for itself," said commissioner Ben Pickard of Searcy, who made the motion after the commission returned from executive session. Pickard and commissioner Ben White were the only two on the nine-member board to vote for the motion.

The executive session occurred after a contentious hour-long commission meeting, in which commission chairman Diane Lamberth criticized Passailaigue for what she called "a huge error in judgment."

"I feel like there's been some arrogance," she said.

Lamberth made her comments after Passailaigue told the panel he thought he had the authority to give comp time to the exempt employees for the good work they did in getting the lottery started last year.

Exempt employees are paid a salary and are ineligible for overtime pay.

Passailaigue approved 200 hours of comp time each for the commission's two vice presidents, Ernestine Middleton and David Barden, and for himself.

The director is paid $324,000 a year. Barden and Middleton each receive $225,000 annually.

The granting of the comp time was questioned in a recent study of the commission's personnel policies by the state personnel administrator.

The commission requested the study in July after receiving anonymous complaints about personnel issues.

The study, presented to the commission Wednesday, found that the majority of the commission's policies were consistent with most state government policies. However, it said the commission lacked a grievance process for employees and had no guidelines for the granting of compensation time to exempt employees.

The study questioned Passailaigue's authority to grant the compensation time.

Passailaigue told the panel that he originally asked the commission last year to consider granting the comp time, but after some discussion the commission voted to study the issue further and to seek legal advice.

He said the commission's personnel committee later met with state Office of Personnel Management officials and was told he had the authority to award the compensation.

Based on that information, Passailaigue said Wednesday, he withdrew his request for the commission to consider the issue because he thought he had the authority.

Lamberth said she thought the compensation issue was over when he withdrew his request from the commission.

"When it was withdrawn, we thought there was no more comp time," she said.

Passailaigue said there "obviously was some miscommunication."

During the meeting, the nine-member commission voted to work with the state Office of Personnel Management to get its personnel policies in-line with the rest of state government.

"It's apparent that we need some assistance," said commissioner Joe White of Conway.

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Posted: September 10, 2010, 9:37 am - IP Logged

It seems to me, that this state's lottery seems to be going through a hard time. all you hear from them is push and pull. Nothing about winning or education. Just they done this and they are going to get fired, the lottery is going to be closed, or the money is not right. Sound's like a typical government run item... The people's money being thrown around. and nobody is winning.....................

Have a nice day! :)

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    Posted: September 10, 2010, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

    They need to check this one first.

      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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      Posted: September 10, 2010, 9:10 pm - IP Logged

      The Director is paid $324,000 a year and the two Vice Presidents are paid $225,000 annually.

      The Director decides to award himself and two of his cronies an extra 200 hours each of comp time for "doing good work in getting the lottery started last year."

      With their lavish salaries in these hard economic times weren't they already being paid to do good work?

       

      MEMO TO ARKANSAS:

       

      Y'all got big problems in your lottery, Bubbas and Bubbettes.

      Clean House Now before it gets worse.

      You already have a Good Ol' Boy Network entrenched.

      Commissioners Pickard and White will be forever overruled by the crooks.

      Raise holy hell now or forever be ignored.

      Let your legislators know that this will affect your vote come election time.

       

      As Barney used to say: Nip it in the bud Andy, nip it, nip it, nip it.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke

       

       

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        Posted: September 11, 2010, 1:54 am - IP Logged

        Five weeks off on top of your regular time off is about right. How else are you supposed to spend 324K??? C'mon!!

        But seriously, folks, the real victims here are the players of Arkansas.

        "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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          Posted: September 11, 2010, 7:57 am - IP Logged

          Five weeks off on top of your regular time off is about right. How else are you supposed to spend 324K??? C'mon!!

          But seriously, folks, the real victims here are the players of Arkansas.

          Not really since we do not care.

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            Posted: September 11, 2010, 2:40 pm - IP Logged

            What he's done is chump change, compared to what Rebbeca Horrorgrove has done to the folks in Tennessee.

                                                         

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              Not really since we do not care.

              Well, you should sine that's your money.

              "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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                Posted: September 12, 2010, 1:02 am - IP Logged

                Well, you should sine that's your money.

                Don't really get pissed off about someone taking a few vacation days.


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                  Posted: September 13, 2010, 5:02 pm - IP Logged

                  Don't really get pissed off about someone taking a few vacation days.

                  I Agree! after all that why people take the stressful jobs to be compensated. Don't have a problem with it.

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                    Not really since we do not care.

                    And that's exactly what they're counting on.

                    And if everybody in Arkansas has the same apathetic reaction, you will soon have the kind of lottery you really deserve.

                    Kind of like the one we have here in Tennessee.


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

                    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                --Edmund Burke

                     

                     

                      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                      Posted: September 14, 2010, 8:29 am - IP Logged

                      I Agree! after all that why people take the stressful jobs to be compensated. Don't have a problem with it.

                      They knew what the compensation was when they took those jobs.

                      Now they want more for allegedly (in their own opinion) doing a good job?

                      And they get to decide if they did a good job and give themselves a bonus?

                      Would they have taken a pay cut if they hadn't done this alleged good job?

                      Somehow I don't think so.

                      This is reminiscent of Chicago Demothug (yes, I just coined that word) politics and it stinks to high heaven.

                      Amazingly and unfortunately, there are people who don't seem to mind having the wool pulled over their eyes.

                      Or they're just diagonally parked in a parallel universe.


                                                                   
                                           
                                                               

                       

                       

                       

                       

                                                                                                                         

                      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke