For Immediate Release - November 30, 2011

Application Process Begins for Selection of Coakley’s Gaming Commission Appointment

Appointment by AG’s Office Requires Experience in Criminal Investigations and Law Enforcement

BOSTON – Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced that the application process for her individual appointment to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has begun. 

“Our office is dedicated to appointing a highly qualified individual with extensive experience in criminal investigations and law enforcement to be an integral part of the Gaming Commission,” said AG Coakley.   “Throughout this selection process, we will remain committed to identifying the best potential candidates to serve with integrity on the Commission and help properly regulate this new industry in the Commonwealth.”

Under the Commonwealth’s new gaming law, an appointment to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission must be made by the Massachusetts Attorney General.  This appointment requires experience in criminal investigations and law enforcement.

The Attorney General plans to engage individuals outside the AG’s Office to help recommend experienced and qualified applicants for the position. 

To apply for the Attorney General’s individual appointment requiring experience in criminal investigations and law enforcement, candidates should complete an application.  Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on January 9, 2012. 

On November 21, 2011, Governor Patrick signed into law An Act Establishing Expanded Gaming in The Commonwealth.”  This law establishes expanding gaming in the Commonwealth, and includes a five-member Gaming Commission, which will be responsible for implementing and overseeing the gaming licensing process and regulation of the industry.  The Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer are each designated one appointment to this Commission.  The remaining two members will be chosen by the three appointing authorities—the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Treasurer—who are hiring an Executive Search Firm to assist and advise in their joint appointments.

The Commission must be bipartisan, with no more than three members representing the same party, and members must be appointed within 120 days of November 22, 2011, the day Governor Patrick signed the bill into law.  A common application for these positions is now available at www.mass.gov/governor, www.mass.gov/treasury, or www.mass.gov/ago.

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