CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed former Judge Jennifer Togliatti and state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer to the Nevada Gaming Commission on Friday, in a move that will give the powerful five-member gambling regulatory panel its first female chair.
Togliatti, a former prosecutor and district court judge, retired in 2019 and will be the first woman to lead the commission in its 62-year history. Kieckhefer, a Reno Republican, resigned from his state Senate seat on Thursday, a day before Sisolak, a Democrat, announced the appointment. He was not eligible to run for reelection due to term limits.
“Both Judge Togliatti and Senator Kieckhefer are highly qualified appointments to these positions, and I am glad to have them continue their service to the Silver State by serving on the Nevada Gaming Commission,” Sisolak said in a statement.
The commission oversees gambling regulation in Nevada and approves the actions of the Gaming Control Board. It adopts regulations to enforce state gambling laws and serves as judge in disciplinary proceedings against businesses with gambling licenses.
Togliatti and Kieckhefer will replace former commission members Deborah Fuetsch and John Moran Jr. The commission is scheduled to meet next on October 28.