Ask Questions About the Lottery

Most people who resign from their jobs feel no need to get their attorneys involved. The fact that an official with the West Virginia Lottery did ought to prompt state legislators to ask probing questions about what is going on at the agency.

Some lawmakers already have expressed concern about personnel matters at the lottery office. Their interest was piqued on Aug. 31, when former lottery Director Alan Larrick resigned without explanation. He had held the post while also continuing in his private law practice, which appears to have been against state law.

Then, before that dust had settled, legislators learned lottery general counsel Danielle Boyd had been placed on indefinite suspension. Again, no explanation has been offered.

Last week, according to a published report, Boyd’s attorney confirmed she had resigned. One wonders why the lottery’s general counsel felt the need of counsel herself.

Boyd has not been accused publicly of any wrongdoing. But lottery officials must have had some reason for concern about her. Employees are not placed on indefinite suspension as rewards for jobs their bosses consider well done.

Legislators should insist on learning more about the departures of Larrick and Boyd. Too much waste, mismanagement and corruption has been uncovered in state government to simply let the matter slide.


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