Gambling chairman folds his cards; head of CA gambling regulatory agency has recused himself over conflicts of interest — and is now “retired” …

[By Greg Moran 8:53 a.m., May 29, 2015]


Richard J. Lopes said he would retire from state service as of Sunday and would leave his $138,000 per year post as chairman of the California Gambling Control Commission.

Lopes spent most of his 30-year career as an agent with the Department of Justice. He was just reappointed to a second term as head of the commission in January by Gov. Jerry Brown.

His retirement leaves the commission with just three members, two short of its required five. No replacement was announced.

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