By David Stratton
With a new vacancy on Nevada’s Gaming Control Board, Gov. Kenny Guinn is expected to appoint a replacement within the next few weeks.
"The governor has been busy preparing for the start of the 2005 session of the Nevada legislature," said a source close to the Gaming Control Board. "He may make an announcement prior to the session, but don’t be surprised if his decision is delayed beyond the opening."
The legislative session will convene on Monday, Feb. 7. The seat on the Gaming Control Board occupied by Scott Scherer became vacant when Scherer left the board in January.
Although no "short list" of candidates has been revealed by the governor’s office, sources say one leading candidate is Mark Clayton, a former Gaming Control Board attorney and currently the vice president of corporate law for Caesars Entertainment.
"Mark Clayton would be a logical choice since he previously worked with Chairman Dennis Neilander in gaming’s corporate security division," said the source.
On Monday, Clayton told GamingToday he was aware that he was being considered for Scherer’s seat, but that he had heard nothing of Gov. Guinn’s decision.
"It goes without saying it would be an honor to serve on the board," Clayton said.
Also mentioned as a possible candidate is a former Public Utilities Commission member.
Board members are appointed by the governor for four-year terms. But, the board can function with just two members.
"It’s not unprecedented to go for several weeks or a couple of months with a vacancy," said the source. "There’s really no urgency to fill the seat. The staff is very capable of providing information to board members, who can still make recommendations to the Nevada Gaming Commission."
The three-member Gaming Control Board typically is filled by an attorney, accountant and law enforcement official.
Scott Scherer, an attorney, left the board to join Hale Lane, a Nevada law firm. His last Gaming Control Board meeting was on Jan. 13. He joined the law firm on Jan. 18.
Gaming Control Board meeting was on Jan. 13. He joined the law firm on Jan. 18.