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Rod Smith

Gaming Commissioner Set to Step Down Soon

25 May 2004

Veteran Nevada Gaming Commissioner Augie Gurrola, whose third four-year term expired April 27, will step down as soon as Gov. Kenny Guinn decides on a successor.

Gurrola, who has served on the five-member commission since April 28, 1992, has agreed to remain on the board until a replacement is sworn in.

Under Guinn, appointments have not been made as commission members' terms expire, and gubernatorial appointees have been allowed to continue service until their successors are sworn in, commission Executive Secretary Marilyn Epling said Monday.

Guinn spokesman Greg Bortolin said no names have been floated for a successor for Gurrola. But, Bortolin added, the governor expects to name a replacement by late June.

He said it is still possible Gurrola could be reappointed to the position he has filled for 12 years, although Guinn prefers turnover and recruiting fresh talent.

Gurrola, who could not be reached for comment Monday, has served longer than any other commission member, with the exception of Bob Lewis, who served 13 years ending in 1997.

He is a retired Henderson engineer and a political independent who is considered to be the maverick on the commission.

The Gaming Commission is the policy arm of the state's gaming regulatory apparatus. Together with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which acts largely as its staff, the commission acts on all gaming industry licensing and policy issues that come before the state.