Top gaming investigator moving into director’s job

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BOSTON (SHNS) – At the beginning of the year, members of the Gaming Commission thought they were elevating Karen Wells to the position of executive director on a temporary basis while they searched for a new administrative head of the agency. But after the gaming industry here was put on ice for months and then rebooted, commissioners realized Wells was right for the job all along.

On Thursday, the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to offer Wells the executive director job and its $185,000 annual salary on a more permanent basis. She accepted and will soon hand off her previous duties as director of the commission’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau.

“I have spent my entire career in public service. I identify as a public servant. And I’m sitting before you here today because at this particular time I think I can be helpful to this agency in this role,” Wells said in a statement to the commission that opened an informal interview process Thursday.

Wells has served as interim executive director since Edward Bedrosian left the top job in January to lead a major law firm’s gaming regulatory practice. In her time as interim director, she’s overseen a few …

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