Philip Miley's career as chief fiscal officer of the Arkansas Lottery has been a turbulent one.
Late last year, an audit from the Bureau of Legislative Research found the lottery's books were not being kept according to generally accepted accounting principles. This raised questions about Miley's qualifications. While applying for the post, Miley indicated on his resume that he was a certified public accountant, although his certification had lapsed.
When questions were raised about Miley's certification at a commission meeting in December, Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said he didn't think Miley's job description required certification. However, since October of last year, and as recently as Jan. 6, the lottery has paid $4,259 in fees and travel expenses for Miley to take classes toward regaining his CPA certification.
The lottery is footing the bill, says staff attorney Bishop Woosley, because Legislative Audit and the Lottery Commission have requested Miley obtain an active license. "He is currently registered as a CPA," Woosley said in an email. "40 CPE hours per year [are required to maintain the certification]. The lottery will pay to maintain his certification."
The godly Tigers
We noted an article in the Arkansas Baptist newspaper about the recruiting of Shiloh Christian quarterback Kiehl Frazier to play at Auburn next year. Josh Floyd, coach at Shiloh and son of Ronnie Floyd, pastor of the huge Cross Church in Springdale, told the Baptist Press that Frazier's choice of Auburn included a spiritual reason and a relationship with Gus Malzahn, a coach at Auburn who once coached at Shiloh Christian. The article said Frazier picked Auburn "since Malzahn and other coaches there are Christians, giving a spiritual dimension to Auburn that is different than most college football programs." Get right with God, coaches.
Death in Chile
At press time, no formal notice had been issued, but the Times wanted to let others know about the death last Sunday of George Campbell, 78, a retired partner of the Rose Law Firm. The Piggott native's practice was in business law, bonds particularly. He was on a long-anticipated cruise to Antarctica when he became ill and was hospitalized in Punta Arenas, Chile where he died while being treated for internal bleeding. He was a friend. His genial manner and informed opinion on wide-ranging topics (Arkansas constitutional revision was one project on his resume) will be deeply missed. Arrangements are pending.