Dr. Tony Alamo, former chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission and a member of Gov. Jim Gibbons’ transition team, was named last week by the governor to replace Ray Rawson on the powerful state Gaming Commission.
Rawson, a former Republican state senator and dentist, had been on the commission for nearly three years. He recently asked the Gibbons administration about a reappointment and was told Gibbons planned to name a new commission member.
Alamo, 43, a southern Nevada physician since 1991, was on the Athletic Commission from 2001 to 2007. He’s the son of Tony Alamo, formerly an executive overseeing boxing promotions for the Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
Dr. Alamo also served as chief of staff at Sunrise Hospital and chaired the Athletic Commission’s medical advisory board. He was part of Gibbons’ transition team following Gibbons’ successful 2006 bid for governor.
The Gaming Commission is the policy arm of the state’s gambling regulatory apparatus. Together with the state Gaming Control Board, its enforcement and investigative arm, the commission acts on all gambling industry licensing and policy issues that come before the state.