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N.C. lottery hires have connections to Ga. and a Senator

Dec 20, 2005, 7:12 am

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The North Carolina Education Lottery announced five additional hirings Monday, including three with connections to the Georgia Lottery and another who was once a state director for U.S. Sen. John Edwards.

Alice Garland, currently an assistant state Commerce Department secretary, will earn $128,000 as deputy executive director of legislative and corporate communications, lottery executive director Tom Shaheen said. Garland has 30 years of experience in private business and governmental relations. She worked for Edwards, D-N.C., during the final two years of his term.

Shaheen also said he had hired Lou Ann Russell as deputy executive director of marketing and advertising, at a salary of $130,000. Russell worked for a marketing firm that held the Georgia Lottery's marketing account for 12 years.

Sam Hammett, the new deputy executive director of sales, most recently worked as the Georgia Lottery's vice president for sales. He will make $125,000 annually.

The human resources director will be Margaret Spindola-Bode, who worked at the Georgia Lottery from 1996 to 2001. She will receive a $92,000 salary.

James W. Knight, who most recently worked as a senior manager for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, is now the lottery's finance director. He also will make $92,000.

The North Carolina lottery commission gave Shaheen permission earlier this month to hire around 60 senior managers and staff to help get the North Carolina lottery up and running by a self-imposed April 5 deadline. They will include six deputy executive directors and 12 directors.

A security director was hired last week.

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