Arkansas Treasurer Pays Civil Penalty For Hiring Cousin

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan announced he has paid a civil penalty of $1,000 for hiring his first cousin, Sam Swayze, which is illegal under an anti-nepotism law, according to a news release.

“In the early days of my administration, a hiring mistake was made.  Today, I have signed an agreement with the Attorney General’s office and paid a $1,000 civil penalty,” Milligan said.

Milligan also said he voluntarily reimbursed Arkansas residents for the full amount of his first cousin’s gross salary ($6,941.62).

“Once again, I apologize to my family, my staff and more importantly, the people of Arkansas,” Milligan said. “As a result of our internal review, I ordered the implementation of a new policy and procedure to ensure this does not happen again.”


  • Feedman

    This guy is too slow on the uptake of how all this works. His cousin is supposed to be hired by some other elected official, and to repay the favor, Milligan hires the other man’s cousin.

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