Attorney General Martha Coakley named her designee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission before the allotted deadline of March 21. Gayle Cameron, a former detective assigned to the Casino Gaming Bureau in New Jersey, will join Governor Patrick’s appointed Chairman of the Commission, Stephen Crosby.
Cameron held leadership roles during her 28 years with the New Jersey State Police, including lieutenant colonel and deputy superintendent of investigations, a post from which she oversaw numerous state police units including all casino gaming investigations.
Born in Cambridge and raised in Weymouth, Cameron has homes in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and in Plymouth, where she plans to establish permanent residency. Since retiring in 2008, she has worked on public safety consulting in the United States and abroad.
Cameron joined the New Jersey State Police in 1980, worked as a road trooper for four years, and then was assigned to the gaming bureau during the first years of legalized gambling in that state. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State College and a master’s degree from Seton Hall University.
Last November, Patrick signed a law authorizing three resort casinos and one slot machine facility in Massachusetts. Three more commission members remain to be named, including an appointee from Treasurer Steven Grossman and two appointees jointly named by Patrick, Coakley and Grossman.