Questions: Lawmakers can’t let lottery matter slide

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 for more details about what is going on at the agency.

Some lawmakers already have expressed concern about personnel matters at the lottery office. Those concerns deepened 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. As has been the case for other such high-profile vacancies, a replacement has not yet been named.

Before that dust 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 employees are not placed on indefinite suspension as rewards for jobs their bosses consider well done.

Given the rollout of sports betting in the Mountain State, and the complications and questions that continue to pop up, it would be wise for the lottery officials who are left to be entirely transparent, and give lawmakers real answers to their questions. It would also be wise for lawmakers to speak directly with Boyd. She surely holds the answers to many of those questions.

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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