October 17, 2003 -- Posted at 8:52 AM CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR --State Treasurer Gus Wingfield's former chief operating officer wants to know why she was fired from a higher-paying position after Wingfield moved his daughter into her old job.
Wingfield was not available to give an answer yesterday because he was returning from a conference.
Chief Deputy Bruce Gartman said Sherri Darby may not have had enough to do after Wingfield moved her from chief operating officer to chief investment officer July 1 and raised her salary from $71,386 to $73,142 a year.
Wingfield promoted one of his daughters, Valerie Wallace, from investment accounting manager to take Darby's place. Wallace got a raise from $55,995 to $73,143 a year.
Gartman said Thursday that Darby lost her job in a reorganization that Wingfield ordered when he took office in January.
He said everyone was put on six months' probation at the time.