WSB reports that James Braswell, chairman of the Georgia Lottery Board, defends their process of selecting the new CEO.
“When I look at Debbie’s overall qualifications, I’m very comfortable she would do an excellent job,” chairman James Braswell told Channel 2’s Lori Geary.
“To say that Debbie doesn’t have lottery experience — no, she hasn’t been a CEO of a lottery, but she has served on this board for three or four years, and she has been a direct liaison between the governor’s office,” Braswell said.
We get it – she’s a friend of the Governor and got a cushy job. There’s a long precedence of that being the way things work. My beef is paying someone almost $400k to steer the lottery program.
The lottery CEO position is one of the highest paid in state government. DeFrancisco’s current salary is almost $380,000.
I get that $380k is in the bottom percentile in CEO pay, but taxpayers are paying a person with no applicable job experience $380k a year to run a program that’s been chugging along since 1993? Are we going to be rebranding this year? Maybe designing a new strategic vision in the world of lottery ticket sales? WHAT are we getting for that kind of ching?
Bitter Betty? Party of 1? Your table is ready.