For Immediate Release - September 03, 2015

AG's Office Extends Application Period for New Gaming Commissioner

Applicants must have experience in criminal investigations and law enforcement

BOSTON – In an effort to attract the most qualified and talented pool of individuals, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that her office will extend the application deadline for those seeking appointment to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The application deadline will be extended by three weeks to Sept. 25. The appointment will replace Commissioner James F. McHugh, who announced his retirement in July.

The 11 page application includes 70 questions about a candidate’s work history, complete financial holdings, criminal background and potential conflicts of interest. To apply for the AG’s individual appointment, candidates should complete an application by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Sept. 25.

In November 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Establishing Expanded Gaming in The Commonwealth.” The law established expanded gaming in the Commonwealth, and established a five-member Gaming Commission responsible for the implementation of the gaming licensing process and regulation of the industry. 

The Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer are each designated one appointment on the Commission. The Attorney General’s appointee is required to have experience in criminal investigations and law enforcement. The remaining two members are chosen by the three appointing authorities.

The Commission must be bipartisan, with no more than three members representing the same political party.