We broke the news yesterday of the unprecedented resignation of the three top positions in the Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration, Director Bud Roberts and the two staff attorneys, Mary Robin Casteel and Milton Lueken.
Our email blast to other news media about the event resulted in a flurry of calls to the ABC, the DFA and the governor's office. We have been told that ABC employees were mystified as to how quickly we posted the information ant that tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet suggested that they sweep the ABC offices for listening devices. Might check your phones for malware too while you are at it Boyce.
A story published in today's edition of the Arkansas Democrat - Gazette, quotes Lueken saying that Roberts was actually fired.
The Arkansas Times has speculated that there were concerns about goings on at the ABC, but the concerns were with ABC Enforcement, not ABC Administration.
Truth be told. most ABC employees, even the Enforcement Agents, would have rather seen tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet fired, errr.... retire.
After all it was Hamlet's continued employment as ABC Enforcement Director that a Circuit Court Judge in a ruling stated "posed serious problems in enforcement for the ABC."