Former New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Colonel Gayle Cameron Appointed as Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner
AG Coakley Taps Massachusetts Native With 28-Year Record In Law Enforcement, Including Extensive Experience Leading Investigations Into Gaming Industry
BOSTON— Citing her extensive leadership experience in law enforcement, including heading investigations into the gaming industry in New Jersey, Attorney General Martha Coakley today appointed retired New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Colonel Gayle Cameron to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Cameron, born in Cambridge, Mass., and raised in Weymouth, has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience, rising through the ranks of the New Jersey State Police to the position of Lieutenant Colonel, the second highest leadership rank bestowed on a trooper, before retiring in 2008. During Cameron’s tenure in the State Police, she participated in and oversaw numerous investigations into the gaming industry in New Jersey.
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“Lieutenant Colonel Cameron possesses the right experience, integrity and vision to be an outstanding member of this important Commission,” AG Coakley said. “The perspective she brings from her years leading investigations into the gaming industry in New Jersey will be invaluable as the Commission works to implement gaming in Massachusetts from the ground up.”
"I am very grateful to Attorney General Coakley for providing me this opportunity to return to public service and to my home state,” said Lt. Col. Cameron. “I embrace the challenge of starting with a clean slate to foster a gaming environment which is secure and robust. I look forward to bringing my experience and expertise to the Commission."
Cameron holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from Bridgewater State College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Seton Hall University. She joined the New Jersey State Police in 1980. After serving as a road trooper for four years, Cameron was promoted to detective and assigned to the Casino Gaming Bureau in New Jersey during some of the earliest years after the state legalized gaming.
Cameron spent a substantial amount of her 28 year tenure in leadership roles with the State Police and working with the gaming industry. In her leadership role as Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Superintendent of Investigations, from 2007-2008, she oversaw numerous state police units including all casino gaming investigations.
Since her retirement in 2008, Cameron has worked on a variety of public safety consulting projects both here in the United States and abroad. She also served as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which was created as a national credentialing authority to improve the delivery of public safety services.
Cameron currently divides her time between her homes in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Plymouth, Massachusetts, but will be establishing permanent residency in Plymouth.
On November 22, 2011, Governor Patrick signed into law “An Act Establishing Expanded Gaming in the Commonwealth" (The Act). This law establishes expanding gaming in the Commonwealth, and includes a five-member Gaming Commission that will be tasked with regulating the gaming industry in Massachusetts. The Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer are each designated one appointment to this Commission. Attorney General Coakley’s appointment requires experience in criminal investigations and law enforcement. The remaining two members will be chosen by two of the three appointing authorities, i.e. the Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer.
An advisory group of respected members of law enforcement assisted Attorney General Coakley with this appointment process. Those advisors included Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Judith Cowin (retired), Massachusetts State Police Colonel Mark Delaney (retired), and John Grossman, former Undersecretary of Forensic Science and Technology for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
Statements of Support for Lt. Col. Gayle Cameron as Gaming Commissioner
Colonel Mark Delaney:
“Lieutenant Colonel Cameron is a leader who has helped set national standards for law enforcement and has extensive experience investigating and working with the gaming industry,” said retired Massachusetts State Police Colonel Mark Delaney. “Her strong investigative skills and management experience will be a huge asset to the Gaming Commission.”
“Lieutenant Colonel Cameron stood out with her grasp of the important issues that will face the Gaming Commission in the coming months,” said John Grossman, former Undersecretary of Forensic Science and Technology for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. “We are very pleased that Gayle has agreed to bring her unique skills to this challenging and important role.”
“Gayle has extraordinary integrity and is a nationally recognized law enforcement leader,” said Kathleen O’Toole, former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Boston Police Commissioner. “Lieutenant Colonel Cameron is universally admired and has excelled at every level of her career. She is the perfect choice for this very important position.”