Arkansas Treasurer Pays Civil Penalty For Hiring Cousin
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.”