Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed Lieutenant Colonel Mike Noel of the state police as the new chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Noel has served with the force for over 30 years, most recently as assistant superintendent and chief of staff, prior to which he spent 17 years as the command inspector of the Gaming Enforcement Division. He also served on the Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force in 2016 and 2017.

Noel assumes the role vacated by Ronnie Jones, whose seven-year tenure as chairman ended earlier in the week after senators failed to confirm his reappointment.

“I’m pleased that LTC Noel has accepted the position to head the Gaming Control Board. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and has served the state well during his tenure with State Police, which is why I have no doubt he will do the same in this new role,” said Governor Edwards. “I look forward to working with him and continuing to build on the successes of former Chairman Jones and strengthening our relationship with the gaming industry.”

Commenting on his new role, Lieutenant Colonel Noel said: “I am humbled and appreciative of Governor Edwards for having the confidence in me to be successful in this appointment.

“I have spent my entire professional life in public service and I am excited to continue that service as chairman of the Gaming Control Board.  I look forward to building upon the success of Chairman Jones’ tenure by continuing to work with the Board, elected officials, industry representatives and the public to promote economic development and ensure the integrity of gaming in Louisiana.”

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