The commissioners voted unanimously in favor of appointing David Trujillo, who has served as interim director of the gambling commission since former director Rick Day left in February. Before that, Trujillo spent 3 1/2 years as deputy director of the organization, which regulates gambling in Washington state and helps oversee 28 tribal casinos.
While at the gambling commission, Trujillo has also worked as the administrator in charge of licensing services, assistant director of the licensing operations division, and as a field operations agent.
“There are virtually no areas of the commission’s operation that he is not personally familiar with,” said John Ellis, chairman of the gambling commission.
Trujillo said he looks forward to hearing commissioners’ ideas regarding the agency’s future, and believes his many years working there will prove an asset.
“It’s something I think I’ve been working toward for a very long time,” Trujillo said. “I’m very excited to bring my experience to the mantle of director.”
Trujillo won’t get a raise with his new job. He will continue earning an annual salary of $129,168, the Gambling Commission decided Wednesday. That number will increase by 3 percent July 1, when a salary reduction that has been in effect for state workers is set to expire.