The Nevada Governor’s Office has announced that Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairperson Brin Gibson will step down from his position at the end of November.
Although Gibson’s term was due to end in January, he told Governor Steve Sisolak that he would be leaving at the end of this month in order to take on a professional role in the private sector.
According to the press release, NGCB member Brittnie Watkins will take over as chairperson for the December meeting. This meeting is expected to discuss a request from Hard Rock International to approve the acquisition of operations of The Mirage from MGM Resorts International in a $1.1 billion deal.
Watkins was appointed to the board in April 2021 by Gov. Sisolak and is a former complex commercial litigation attorney. Both Watkins and board member Philip Katsaros will be the only two board members in attendance at the December meeting.
Watkins position as board chairperson is only temporary for the time being. However, she will be the second black woman to chair the NGCB since its inception. The first was Sandra Douglass Morgan who was replaced by Gibson in November 2020.
Gov. Sisolak’s replacement, Joe Lombardo is expected to make a final decision on a permanent chairperson once he is sworn into office in January 2023. He will also need to find a replacement for Katsaros as his term on the board will expire in January.