Lottery Commission names finalists to lead agency, limits pay UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lottery Commission names finalists to lead agency, limits pay UPDATE

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The Arkansas Lottery Commission today decided to limit the pay of the next director to $175,000 — subject to approval from the legislative oversight committee. The former director, Ernie Passailaigue, made $330,000 and a couple of his assistants made $225,000. All have departed.

UPDATE: The commission named finalists today in the search for new director, a job that had drawn almost 100 applications.

Fox 16's David Goins says the seven finalists are Bishop Woosley, the lottery's chief counsel; former Clinton administration aide Bob Nash;Bill Stovall, the former House speaker who's now the top House staff member; Richard Knight of Little Rock, a former race track executive; Charles McIntyre, director of the New Hampshire lottery; Kansas lottery v.p. Edward Van Petten and Georgia lottery v.p., Joan Schoubert.

The finalist list raises anew the earlier publicity about Commissioner Bruce Engstrom's e-mails with Knight, an old friend, about the gambling industry and an introduction he was given to Nash by state Rep. Tracy Steele, who's a tenant in a building owned by Engstrom. Engstrom has said he won't participate in votes on the new director to remove any concern about appearances. He said he didn't participate in any of the decisions on finalists.

At $175,000, the new director would have the 10th highest pay among 43 states and the District of Columbia that have lotteries, according to data compiled by the Lottery Commission staff, Fox 16 said.

UPDATE II: Here are the applications submitted by the seven finalists.

Tags: , ,


Comments (16)

Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Use of solar on the rise in Arkansas

    With a pivotal ruling expected any day now from the Public Service Commission, Kyle Massey at Arkansas Business reports on the increase in Arkansans adding solar generation units on their homes and business.
    • Apr 13, 2018
  • Antwan Phillips wants to make a difference in reducing Little Rock violence

    KARK/Fox 16's push to do something about Little Rock violence includes a spotlight on people trying to make a difference — in this episode Antwan Phillips, a lawyer at Wright, Lindsey and Jennings.
    • Aug 30, 2017


Most Recent Comments


© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation