by Max Brantley
Sad story in Eureka Springs' Lovely County Citizen about a secretary, Judie Robinson, who lost her job of 45 years at the state Forestry Commission in the layoffs required by the agency's insolvency when illegal funds transfers were stopped:
She was fired by letter. It arrived with postage due.
State Rep. Bryan King, who met with Robinson last week at a news conference in Eureka Springs, said he takes issue with Shannon on several levels.
"I object to the way they treated her termination," said King. "They should have made a reasonable effort for a face-to-face notification, if he were man enough."
King also objects to Shannon's handling of the commission, its finances and its personnel policies, saying Shannon should have notified state lawmakers of the budget shortfall, that he tried to pass the buck in the blame game, he muzzled his employees, and he misused funds.