NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The head of Louisiana’s gambling regulatory agency has quit to take a position with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Dane Morgan was appointed chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board in July 2009. The board regulates state-licensed casinos and video poker machines.
Prior to that, Morgan was a state police deputy superintendent and former commander of the state police casino gaming division. Lana Tramonte, an assistant to the Gaming Control Board chairman, told The Associated Press on Monday that Morgan’s last day with the agency was Friday.
Agriculture Department spokesman Sam Irwin said Morgan is now assistant commissioner of management and finance. Morgan did not immediately return a call for comment.
His successor on the gambling board will be appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The board has a member from each of Louisiana’s seven U.S. House districts and two-at-large members. Five must have won recommendations of state university presidents. Morgan has served in the seat reserved for the 6th Congressional District.
During Morgan’s time on the board, the state’s riverboat casino picture was vastly altered with new casino-hotel projects being approved for Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and Bossier City — and one riverboat pulling out of Lake Charles to form the foundation of the Bossier City project.