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Jordan Maynard Takes Helm as MGC's Interim Chair

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has appointed Commissioner Jordan Maynard as its interim Chair as it looks for a permanent successor for the departing Cathy Judd-Stein.

Maynard joined the MGC in July 2022 after getting nominated by former Governor Charlie Baker, former Attorney General Healey, and Treasurer Deb Goldberg.

Before his current role, Maynard worked as Baker's Chief Secretary and Director of Boards and Commissions for the Office of the Governor from February 2019 to July 2022. During this time, he managed appointments for more than 800 state boards and commissions, including several appointments to the MGC.

Additionally, Maynard collaborated closely with the Commission's leadership on appointments to the Gaming Policy Advisory Committee and worked intensively on gaming policy matters.

I am honored that Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor [Kim] Driscoll have entrusted me with this responsibility and thank my fellow commissioners, who are essential to the continued success of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, for their partnership and support.

Jordan MaynardMGC Interim Chair

Judd-Stein Retires at MGC

Maynard assumes his role as interim Chair today ( March 22), marking Thursday as Judd-Stein's final day in office following her retirement announcement last month.

Judd-Stein has served as the Chair since 2019. She guided the MGC through a pivotal period for the industry and oversaw significant regulatory developments in gaming policy. Her accomplishments as Chair include advocating for regulation in the Massachusetts casino, horse racing, and sports wagering sectors amidst the complexities posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regulating Thriving Massachusetts Betting Market

With the new role, Maynard is responsible for leading the regulator through its ongoing initiatives and challenges in a thriving and highly competitive gambling market.

In January 2024, Massachusetts recorded a sports betting handle of $651.7m, only 1.1% behind the $658.7m accumulated in December 2023. The state also achieved an all-time high monthly sports betting revenue at $71.1m.

Sherpa Named New MGC Executive Director

Maynard's appointment comes on the heels of the Commission naming Baker's former Deputy Chief of Staff, Dean Sherpa, its next Executive Director. Should Serpa accept the role, he will succeed interim Executive Director Todd Grossman, who assumed the position in July 2023 following Karen Wells' departure.

Serpa was interviewed for the executive director position alongside Clinton Dick, who is the current General Counsel at the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. He was selected over Dick primarily due to his extensive experience in leadership and crisis management.

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