LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Lottery has fired its vice president of administration days after the director who hired her resigned.
Lottery attorney Bishop Woosley says Ernestine Middleton was fired Thursday by interim director Julie Baldridge.
With the departure of director Ernie Passailaigue and another vice president, David Barden, Middleton's firing means the lottery is without the three top officials that helped to launch it two years ago.
Like Barden, Middleton worked for Passailaigue in South Carolina. She had told reporters she didn't plan to resign.
Woosley tells The Associated Press that Middleton won't receive any severance payment.
He says the lottery is prepared to move forward without Passailaigue and his vice presidents.
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