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Ferguson Heads to Lottery

Amy Gardner

Frank S. Ferguson, one of the institutional brains of the Virginia attorney general's office, will serve as interim director of the Virginia Lottery while a permanent replacement for Sheila Hill-Christian is found, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) announced today.

Hill-Christian left her post as lottery director this month to become chief administrative officer for Richmond Mayor (and former governor) L. Douglas Wilder.

Ferguson is not new to the Virginia Lottery; for the past few years he has split his time as a deputy attorney general and chief counsel to the lottery. He will return to those duties when a permanent director is found, he said.

The position is one of the most high-profile in state government. With a salary range reaching above $160,000 per year, lottery director is among the most highly paid state positions. And with responsibility for the solvency of a $1.4 billion, 270-employee enterprise that funneled more than $400 million in profits to the public till last year, the lottery endures great scrutiny from the governor, General Assembly and public.

Kaine's permanent appointment will be subject to legislative approval.

By Amy Gardner  |  November 27, 2007; 7:08 PM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner  
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