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Retired Yakima cop looking for confirmation to Gambling Commission

Post by News Tribune Staff on Jan. 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm with No Comments »
January 23, 2009 4:39 pm

Most gubernatorial appointees are confirmed as a matter of course, but the appropriate Senate committees do hold meet-the-nominee meetings. They’re not really confirmation hearings, not like you see in Congress.

Michael Amos has been serving for several months already. The law says appointees can serve without being confirmed, as long as they aren’t flat-out rejected by the state Senate.

Chances are, Amos will be confirmed by the Senate during one of those just-killing-time periods later in session, while other senators are trying to negotiate last-minute deals on other bills.

Confirmation Hearing Held for Michael L. Amos

In September 2008, Governor Gregoire appointed Mike Amos as Gambling Commissioner. He attended his first Gambling Commission meeting in October 2008. On January 15, 2009, the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Consumer Protection Committee recommended that Mike Amos be confirmed by the full senate, after his confirmation hearing.

Commissioner Amos was born in Yakima, Washington. After 37 years of duty with the Yakima Police Department, Commissioner Amos retired as patrol sergeant. He is Vice-President of the Eastern Washington State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, a position he has held for the past five years.

Commissioner Amos was the President of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs from 2000-2007. This group represents 5000 law enforcement officers. He also served on the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission after his appointment by then-Governor Gary Locke in 2000. He was reappointed by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2004 and retired as President in 2007.

He is a part owner in Yakima 911 Driving School that provides drivers training for teens and first time drivers. Commissioner Amos and his wife Linda have been married for 38 years and have two adult children and two grandsons.

The Washington State Gambling Commission was created by the Legislature in 1973 to regulate gambling after a series of gambling related scandals. Five citizens are appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, to act as part-time Commissioners, for a single six year term. The Gambling Commission typically meets once a month to discuss administrative issues, approve new gambling licenses, discuss and approve proposed rule changes, and take action regarding the revocation or suspension of gambling licenses. The Gambling Commission’s Mission is to "Protect the Public by Ensuring that Gambling is Legal and Honest."

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