Fred Armstrong has been fired from his position as the West Virginia State Archives Director. At least one local newspaper describes the firing as being handled "clumsily." In fact, Armstrong was fired abruptly and then was immediately escorted out of the Cultural Center by a security guard. That seems surprising when Armstrong’s 30 years of employment at the State Archives was described as "exemplary."
His crime? He reportedly opposed his boss' efforts to convert the Cultural Center archives library into a café/catering service/mini-Tamarack gift shop.
Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith (Armstrong's former boss) refuses to comment on the firing.
Details may be found at http://wvgazette.com/section//200711033.
UPDATE: A related story may be found in the Editorials section of the same paper at http://wvgazette.com/section/Opinion/Editorials/200711065.