With controversy swirling, Missouri is in search of the chief regulator of gambling coverage


Dan Lindner, host of Amerisports Bar and Grill at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, is waiting for customers on the first day of the casino complex's reopening on Monday June 1st, 2020. Photo by Hillary Levin, [email protected]

Hillary Levin

JEFFERSON CITY – The agency that oversees Missouri's 13 casinos is looking for a new gambling director almost a year after the last Tsar resigned.

The Missouri Gaming Commission, which regulates gambling, bingo, and fantasy sports, is accepting applications for the job worth $ 118,000 per year through March 5.

"Knowledge of the laws and regulations in connection with games of chance and knowledge of the activities of the state government are mandatory," says the job advertisement.

Candidates with knowledge of the games industry and more than five years of executive experience will be preferred, according to the commission.

The job has been open since May 1, after former director David Grothaus announced he would quit after saying his attempts to cut spending at the "bloated" agency met stiff opposition.

In an April 1 letter, Grothaus said some members of the Missouri Highway Patrol were assigned to work at the 13 state casinos involved in guerrilla warfare to block his plans to replace them with poorly paid civilian workers.

This plan could save the agency millions of dollars.