Sisolak appoints Sandra Douglass Morgan to head Gaming Control Board

Gov. Steve Sisolak is appointing Sandra Douglass Morgan as the new chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, replacing chairwoman and Republican former state Sen. Becky Harris.

In a press release, Sisolak announced that Morgan — a lobbyist for AT&T Services and previously a city attorney for North Las Vegas — would replace Harris when her term ends on Jan. 27, 2019. Morgan was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission in April, just a few months after she was appointed to the Nevada Athletic Commission.

“Sandra Douglass Morgan will be an incredible asset to the Gaming Control Board and I am proud to be able to appoint her as chair,” Sisolak said in a statement. “Sandra’s extensive experience and record of leadership shows that she is not only qualified to chair the Nevada Gaming Control Board, but that she will excel at it as well.”

Harris was appointed by former Gov. Brian Sandoval last January to replace former Chairman A.G. Burnett, becoming the first female chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and second female board member. She previously worked as a lawyer at Jerimy Kirschner & Associates, and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Gaming Law and Regulation from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.

She was filling out Burnett’s term, which only lasted until the end of the month, and it was unclear from the beginning whether Sandoval’s successor would reappoint her to the role.

Reached by phone, Harris did not comment on her next steps but offered well wishes for her successor.

“It was a privilege to serve Nevada in this capacity,” she said. “I gave it my full effort, tried to leave the board better than I found it and I wish [Douglass Morgan] every success.”

The Gaming Control Board is Nevada’s primary and full-time regulatory board for the casino industry, charged with investigative, enforcement, licensing and taxing gaming establishments in the state.

The Nevada Gaming Commission, on the other hand, is a part-time board that includes five members appointed by the governor to four-year terms. The commission acts on recommendations from the control board, and has the final authority to issue or revoke licenses.