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Fresno County sheriff named to state lottery board

September 25, 2009 |  3:34 pm

Facing criticism over long delays in filling Lottery Commission vacancies, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today named Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims to the panel, leaving only one seat empty on the five-person board.

The announcement comes two days after the chairman of the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review said the governor had failed to fill two vacancies on the panel for about a year, even though the law that created the commission requires the governor to fill vacancies within 30 days.

Some lawmakers have worried that vacancies mean less oversight of the multibillion-dollar lottery. Schwarznegger aides said the search for appointees has been complicated by a requirement that one be held by a certified public accountant and the other by a law enforcement official.
--Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento