|Updated: 10/12/2011 5:48 pm
||Published: 10/12/2011 5:36 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - - Documents released under a freedom of information request reveal the former Arkansas Scholarship Lottery VP of Administration felt pressured to resign before she was fired.
Ernestine Middleton was fired on October 6th by lottery interim director Julie Baldridge.
According to documents released Wednesday under a FOIA request, Baldridge told Middleton "I have lost confidence in your ability to perform to the level this agency will need going forward."
The 50-page personnel file also reveals Middleton felt pressured to resign, describing the work atmosphere as a "total disregard of me personally and professionally."
Middleton is one of three lottery executives to leave the payroll of the state lottery in the last two weeks. Former lottery director Ernie Passailiaigue left Oct 2 & VP of Gaming David Barden resigned on Sept 30.
Middleton, Barden & Passailiaigue all came to Arkansas in 2009 from the positions in the South Carolina lottery.
Their salary levels, $225,000 for Barden & Middleton and $330,000 for Passailaigue, drew criticism from some in the legislature as excessive.