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Shortly after Boyce Hamlet was appointed as director of ABC Enforcement, he held face-to-face meetings with the 18 agents employed at the time and got a lot of input from them about how the department should be run. Apparently the agents had issues with the ABC Administration, believing that the director of ABC Administration made decisions based on political motives which sometimes conflicted with their enforcement procedures (more on that in a future post).

Hamlet, with no previous leadership, administrative or management experience and very little real law enforcement experience knew that he could not run ABC Enforcement without having a lot of help. After the meetings one of the agents, Rickey Endsley, sent Hamlet an email in which he touted his law enforcement administrative experience.

Too bad Endsley didn't know that Hamlet had been fired by the Arkansas State Police for cheating on an exam and lying multiple times to investigators and that he had previously submitted false and misleading information on his employment application to cover up his employment and termination from ASP or he would have included Hamlet as the main reason that the ABC has serious exposure/liability issues that can cripple the ABC.

Hamlet had to do something quick because he had no idea how to do any of the job functions that he was appointed to do. Hamlet was seeking advice from two of his employees Sharon Reed and Kenny Heroman. Reed worked in Little Rock in the same office as Hamlet and Heroman while living and working in Pine Bluff had been the assistant director of the Enforcement Division.

Hamlet did not know what to do with information his agents were sending him or reports that agents were sending into him.

And Hamlet complained about getting reports from his agents at 9:30 pm which woke him up.

So Hamlet after meeting with DFA Director Larry Walther and DFA Human Resources Manager Amy Valentine came up with a solution that would keep Hamlet's job safe. The solution was to make four agents "supervisors" and delegate a lot of his responsibilities of running the enforcement division to them. These agents were hand picked and the "positions" were not advertised, internally or externally. They had to wait until the new fiscal year started in June to make the changes.

The hand picked agents to take over most of Hamlet's duties were, Sharon Reed, Kenny Heroman, Rickey Endsley and Jay Rider.

The first thing he did was to get Reed trained to enter time into the AASIS system. Let the female do the secretarial work.

Then he had Reed take over the paying compensation to undercover minors.

Hamlet told his staff that he didn't come to mark time and draw a check (more on that in a bit) or paint...

The Hamlet told them they "need a new model on the way the place is ran [sic]".

So at the end of May, Hamlet submitted paperwork to give the four agents supervisory powers and a substantial pay raise. DFA OPM had concerns about this but had to kowtow to Hamlet/Walther for the unusual "promotions".


It's interesting to note that the memo states that Hamlet couldn't manage all of the agents, it was "not feasible".  That's HR jargon for "Hamlet's incompetent, but appointed by the Governor".

You might think that is the end of the shenanigans, but Hamlet got a raise too! When Hamlet was appointed in March he came on board with a salary of $65,000.00. Hamlet may not be too bright but he aced this deal.  He got rid of most of his day-to-day supervisory duties and got a  $8,125.00 raise. This is where marking time, drawing a check and painting begins.

Let's re-cap this, the four employees received a raise because of increased responsibilities (they took over most of Hamlet's duties) and Hamlet received a raise because of his increased responsibilities. Forget being "better stewards of the taxpayer dollar" (see Hamlet's April 24th email above). You might wonder what "expanding job responsibilities" Hamlet has...

Yep, Boyce can add fire extinguisher monitor to his expanding job duties.


Amy Valentine with the Department of Finance & Administration refused to discuss or answer questions posed to her regarding these shenanigans.

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