Gov to name gam­ing chief in ‘near fu­ture’

Com­mis­sion’s Wynn probe nears fin­ish

Boston Herald - - BIZSMART - — jor­dan.gra­ham@boston­her­ald.com By JOR­DAN GRA­HAM

Gov. Char­lie Baker plans to ap­point a new head of the state Gam­ing Com­mis­sion soon, his of­fice said, as the com­mis­sion nears the fi­nal act of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Steve Wynn and Wynn Re­sorts.

“The Gover­nor will make an ap­point­ment for the chair of the Com­mis­sion in the near fu­ture,” Baker spokes­woman Sarah Fin­law said in a state­ment.

Baker is charged with re­plac­ing Stephen Crosby, who re­signed as chair in Septem­ber fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of bias and pre­judg­ing the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Both Steve Wynn and Mo­he­gan Sun, which lost the Bos­ton-area casino li­cense to Wynn Re­sorts, made sep­a­rate claims call­ing for Crosby to re­cuse him­self. Crosby had al­ready re­cused him­self from the ini­tial li­cense de­ci­sion af­ter he at­tended an event at Suf­folk Downs, Mo­he­gan Sun’s part­ner.

The com­mis­sion is near­ing the con­clu­sion of its in­quiry into the sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against Steve Wynn and the com­pany’s pos­si­ble in­volve­ment in a $7.5 mil­lion set­tle­ment, as well as its re­sponse to the al­le­ga­tions. The com­mis­sion has said it ex­pects to present its re­port and hold a full hear­ing next month. It is un­clear whether Baker will ap­point a new chair be­fore or af­ter the Wynn in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete.

Un­der state law, the gover­nor has the sole dis­cre­tion to ap­point the chair of the Gam­ing Com­mis­sion. Two of the four other mem­bers are ap­pointed by the trea­surer and at­tor­ney gen­eral, with the other two are ap­pointed by con­sen­sus among the three of­fices.

In Septem­ber, the com­mis­sion tapped Gayle Cameron, a long­time com­mis­sioner, to serve as in­terim chair un­til a per­ma­nent one is put in place.

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