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Governor appoints two members to gaming control board



CARSON CITY — Governor Jim Gibbons today announced the appointments of Andrew Burnett (41) and Shawn Reid (47) to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.  Governor Gibbons and Governor-elect Brian Sandoval worked together to make the appointments.  Under current Nevada law, Governor Gibbons needed to make two appointments to the Gaming Control Board by December 31, 2010.  Those appointments will expire about a month later, on January 30, 2011.  In order to streamline the transition between the Gibbons and Sandoval Administrations, the Governor, the Governor-elect and their staffs worked together to select the two new Gaming Control Board Members.  Governor-elect Sandoval is expected to re-appoint Reid and Burnett by January 31, 2011.

Shawn Reid presently works as Chief of Investigations Division for the Nevada Gaming Control Board.  He has worked his way through the ranks of the Gaming Control Board after joining the agency in 1990. Reid is a graduate of the University of Nevada and resides with his family Reno, Nevada.

A.G. Burnett is presently the Deputy Chief of the Corporate Securities Division for the Nevada Gaming Control Board.  Burnett has previously worked as Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Gaming Division of the Nevada Attorney General’s Office and an associate in the law firm of Robison, Belaustegui, Sharp & Low.  Burnett received his J.D. from Gonzaga University after graduating from the University of Nevada Reno.  Burnett resides with his family in Sparks, Nevada.

Governor Gibbons also announced that Mark Lipparelli, a current Gaming Control Board Member, will serve as Chairman.

The State Gaming Control Board is a three-member body appointed by the Governor, which serves in a full-time capacity.  The Board is responsible for regulating Nevada’s gaming industry 24 hours a day on a daily basis.  Its purpose is to protect the stability of the gaming industry through investigations, licensing, and enforcement of laws and regulations; to ensure the collection of gaming taxes and fees, which are an essential source of state revenue; and to maintain public confidence in gaming.  The Board implements and enforces the State laws and regulations governing gaming through seven divisions.  The Board has offices in Carson City, Elko, Las Vegas, Laughlin, and Reno.

The terms of current Gaming Control Board Members Brian Sayre and Chairman Dennis Neilander expire at the end of this year.

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