|Neilander named chief Nevada regulator
Mon, 8 Jan 2001
By JEFF SIMPSON
lasvegas.com GAMING WIRE
Gov. Kenny Guinn selected Dennis Neilander as the chairman
state's Gaming Control Board on Monday.
Neilander said the governor called him at 8:30 a.m. on
advise him of his selection.
"I was very excited, but I realize the chairmanship is
responsibility," Neilander said. "I hope people will bear with me.
will tax all my abilities to lead the agency as well as it's been
done in the past."
Neilander, 39, has been a member of the board since 1998,
current four-year term expires in January 2003.
Guinn was required to choose one of the board's three
Neilander, Bobby Siller or Scott Scherer, to replace Steve DuCharme
as chairman, whose decade of service with the regulatory body ended
Scherer, Guinn's former chief of staff, was previously
fill the slot vacated by DuCharme, but a new chairman was not named
when Scherer's appointment was announced in December.
"This was a difficult decision because all three board
the talent and the capability to hold the chairmanship," Guinn said
in a Monday statement. "However, Dennis' length of service and depth
of experience was a deciding factor in my decision to appoint him
chair of this very important board."
Guinn spokesman Jack Finn said his boss was busy
unavailable for comment.
The board administers the state's Gaming Control Act and
both the police officer and tax collector for the gambling industry.
Neilander was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Bob
serving as head of the board's Corporate Securities Division.
"His experience within the department gives him a background
helpful," Miller said Monday. "Having worked inside the agency he
understands what's important from an investigatory and regulatory
Guinn reappointed Neilander to a full four-year term, which
Neilander said the control board will have to continue
monitoring the fast-changing business of Internet gambling. He also
wants to streamline the board's regulations.
Neilander said he plans to meet with Scherer and Siller
discuss the division of the board's administrative responsibilities.
As chairman, Neilander will earn an annual
salary of $105,886;
the two remaining board members earn $98,457.
DuCharme applauded Guinn's choice to succeed him
at the helm of
the control board.
"I know it was a tough decision for the governor as all
are highly qualified," DuCharme said. "I believe Dennis is an
excellent choice, as he has the requisite skills and knowledge to
lead the Gaming Control Board into the next decade."
Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Brian Sandoval was also
enthusiastic about Guinn's selection.
"Dennis and I have been in constant communication on the
Internet gaming and the proposed federal college sports betting ban,"
Sandoval said. "Dennis has a comprehensive knowledge of the gaming
regulations, and has the very special ability to look forward and
anticipate issues likely to become important in the future."
Prior to his board service, Neilander worked for
Legislative Council Bureau and was the primary staffer for both the
Assembly and Senate Judiciary committees.
A Denver native, Neilander earned a political science
the University of Northern Colorado and a law degree from the
University of Denver.
Neilander intends to continue living in Carson City; he
said he and
his family enjoy its small-town feel. Neilander will continue
commuting to Las Vegas for control board or gaming commission
The agencies rotate their monthly meetings between Las
Vegas and Carson City.
Neilander and his wife have two children.
Neilander said his family was a little nervous about his
"I work a lot of hours as it is, so they're concerned
job's demands, but they know I'm devoted to them," he explained.
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