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Degree requirement waived for lottery hire

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published July 10, 2015 at 2:27 a.m.

Arkansas Lottery sales director Mitch Chandler.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's sales director, Mitch Chandler, didn't meet the minimum requirements for the post in the lottery's job description, according to records obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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PM1118 says... July 10, 2015 at 7:57 a.m.

No degree, position not advertised, and waving the requirements for $104K - that's the way AH does business. Where are all the fine Republicans who threw conniption fits when Gov Beebe appointed Shawn Broadway?

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Taxman45 says... July 10, 2015 at 8:49 a.m.

This hire didn't violate any current state statutes. If going to compare then you need to make sure it's Apple to apple and not Apple to orange.

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cliffcarson says... July 10, 2015 at 10:25 a.m.

"Those positions totaled more than 5 years in sales and business development," Woosley wrote in an email. "At KTHV he supervised a newsroom of 50+ and at WJXX [in Jacksonville, Fla.] a staff of +100 shared with another manager."

Woosley is talking about 4 different positions totaling over 5 years experience. Couldn't have been at any of those positions much longer than enough to fulfill the Peter Principle and be fired. Seems to me the person who should be fired is Woosley.

And then really clean house.

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BpLrAr says... July 10, 2015 at 11:13 a.m.

No comment/reason given for firing his predecessor. Job not posted and the public wasn't invited to apply due to the "urgency to have the position filled ". SNIFF SNIFF, what's that smell?

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Felina says... July 10, 2015 at 11:53 a.m.

I think a lack of an advanced degree SHOULD be a requirement to work for the lottery commission, since lottery sales are supported mainly by those who do not understand the laws of probability.

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Harrispalmer says... July 10, 2015 at 1:08 p.m.

I agree changes need to be made to improve results at the lottery. Maybe they need to be made starting at the top.....Some fishy stuff going on there.

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Nodmcm says... July 10, 2015 at 2:49 p.m.

So the lottery hires just like a private business now. So golfing buddies, college fraternity chums, neighbors and fellow church members of Director Woosley are now the "pool of eligibles" for lottery positions. What's the old saying about getting a job, something like, "its not what you know, but who you know" that matters?

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