- Lawyer J. Brin Gibson is the new chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced.
- The governor moved with speed to make the appointment just as he had promised.
- Gibson replaced Chairwoman Sandra Morgan as the board’s chair after the former executive stepped down on October 29.
- The new chair has worked in several capacities before, including being the general counsel to Gov. Sisolak from January last year to January 2020.
Gov. Steve Sisolak has appointed lawyer J. Brin Gibson to head the Nevada Gaming Control Board and serve as its executive director. The appointment came just four days after former Chairwoman Sandra Morgan left the job.
Gibson will join the board on November 18, a day before the Nevada Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet and a good while before the Control Board meets in December.
In a statement, Gov. Sisolak said that Gibson is the perfect fit for the position, thanks to his “extensive background and expertise in highly regulated industries, including his experience as chief of the Gaming Division.”
Gibson was also the general counsel of the governor from January 2019 to January 2020.
While appointments in the past have taken weeks or months, Sisolak promised to work on this appointment quickly. He delivered the promise.
Gibson’s appointment breaks the line of women serving as chair to the state’s top gaming regulatory body.
Morgan stepped down as chairwoman and executive director to the board on October 29. A day later, an announcement revealed that she would join the board of directors of Fidelity National Financial, Inc, a company based in Jacksonville, Florida.
William P. Foley II, the company’s top executive, is the principal owner of Vegas Golden Knights, the city’s entry in the NHL.
Morgan became Fidelity’s 11th director. The company is considered the largest title insurance underwriting agency in the US.
Sisolak appointed Morgan as chairwoman of the board in January 2019 to replace Backy Harris, whose term of office ended later that month. Harris was the first woman to chair the Control Board. She is currently a distinguished fellow in gaming and leadership at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute.
Gibson is a shareholder with Las Vegas-based Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, one of the prime industry law practices in the country. While working at the firm, he had advised clients at the executive level on gaming, privacy, government relations, intellectual property, and water issues.
At the state level, Gibson was a chief legal counselor with regards to ethical, legislative, and transactional matters, as well as protection of state interests in the gaming and cannabis industries. He headed the gaming division in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.
Gibson also served on the Colorado River Commission of Nevada.
“I think Brin Gibson is an excellent choice, and I have a very high opinion of him; I commend the governor,” said attorney A.G. Burnett, a former Control Board chairman and partner with Reno-based McDonald Carano.
Burnet, who chaired the board from 2012 to 2017, added that Gibson “will serve the state with high integrity and commitment.”