AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A retired deputy police chief in Bangor has been tapped to serve as executive director of the new Maine Gambling Control Board, officials said Tuesday.

Robert P. Welch is expected to be confirmed by the five-member board at its next meeting following a background check and to begin his new job on Nov. 29.

Welch, who was one of 34 applicants for the position, retired from the Bangor police in 2002 after 25 years with the department.

Welch has served on a number of boards and agencies, including the Board of Trustees of the Bangor Federal Credit Union and the Penobscot League of Credit Unions.

“Bob Welch’s experience in law enforcement administration and in finance will be assets in the role of executive director,” said George McHale, board chairman.

The Maine Gambling Control Board was created by the Legislature earlier this year to oversee slot machines voters have authorized for installation at Maine harness racing tracks.

The only locally approved racetrack casino is to be operated at Bangor Raceway, where Penn National Gaming Inc. plans to install 1,500 slot machines.


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