02 November 2007
Another Head Rolls At Culture & History
State Archives and History Director Fred Armstrong was fired Thursday, after more than 20 years heading that office and nearly 30 years in W.Va. government, The Charleston Gazette reports.Armstrong told the Gazette that Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith axed him with a letter that noted "that as a will and pleasure employee, he can be terminated at any time without cause.""Armstrong said Reid-Smith’s letter concluded by ordering him to 'vacate the building immediately,' and said he was offended to be escorted out of the building by a security officer," the article said."For all these years, I could be trusted with all the state’s valuable records ... but when it comes time to leave, they have to have a security guard escort me," Armstrong told the paper.Armstrong speculates that his firing may stem from "administration proposals to convert the archives library in the Cultural Center into a café/gift shop," though he tells the Gazette he's never taken a public position on the proposal.