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Nevada Gaming Commission Chief Stepping Down

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The chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission is stepping down and another commissioner is in line to take his place.
Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Wednesday that chairman Pete Bernhard will resign effective June 30. Bernhard has served on the regulatory body since 2001 and said he wanted to step down in time for another person to take the panel through the budgeting process scheduled in advance of the 2015 legislative session.

“I have been honored to serve as Chair of the Gaming Commission and work with three Nevada Governors,” Chairman Bernhard said.  “Several months ago, I decided not to seek reappointment and recommended to Governor Sandoval that my successor be selected and available for pre-legislative budget and bill drafting activities.  After asking me to reconsider my decision, Governor Sandoval left the timing up to me.  I am extremely pleased that Governor Sandoval is appointing Commissioner Alamo as Chair and Pat Mulroy as a new Commissioner. I appreciate the support I’ve received from my colleagues on the Board and Commission, as well as the support of administrative staff.”

Dr. Tony Alamo will take Bernhard's place as chairman. He's been a commissioner since 2008.
“I want to thank Governor Sandoval who has entrusted in me the privilege and confidence to follow retiring Chairman Pete Bernhard,” said Alamo. “The Gaming Commission must continue to strive and maintain the highest level of integrity, predictability and stability.  My regulatory experience, as well as the last six years working with fellow Commissioners, has given me the knowledge and ability to help lead the Commission.”

Sandoval has appointed the recently retired head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority to fill the vacancy left by the shift. Pat Mulroy is expected to start her term July 1.

“Pat has shown exceptional leadership skills throughout her career, most recently in her capacity as General Manager of the SNWA,” said Governor Sandoval. “I am confident that she will make a great addition and bring a unique perspective to the Commission.”

“I am extremely humbled to be asked to join this highly regarded regulatory team,” Mulroy said. “I would like to thank Governor Sandoval for the trust he has placed with me and will strive to maintain the standard of integrity and diligence he expects from all his appointments.”

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)
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