Gaming Commission Searches For A New Director

Mississippi gaming commissioners spent the last couple of days in Jackson. They've been sifting through 33 applications, trying to find a new executive director.

As you know, current director Chuck Patton is retiring at the end of the year.  Patton has been with the gaming commission for almost a decade.  In 1993, he was its acting director.  He became the permanent director in 1998, replacing former Keesler General Paul Harvey.

According to commissioners, they'll name Patton's successor at their December 19th meeting.

People from all over the country applied for the gaming commission's top job.  Commission chairman Len Blackwell said some of the applicants are from within the department.