Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck retires; deputy director named interim head

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New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck is retiring, effective immediately, according to a release from Attorney General Matthew Platkin. Rebuck has served 13 years at his post, making him the longest-serving director in DGE’s history. In total, Rebuck is retiring with 36 years of service to the state.

“Throughout his career, David Rebuck has exemplified professionalism, innovation and leadership as the gaming industry transformed, first with the legalization of internet gaming in 2013 and then with the new era of sports gaming in 2018,” Platkin said. “His extensive knowledge of the gaming and casino industry has made New Jersey a recognized regulatory leader and pacesetter in the United States.”

Deputy Director Mary Jo Flaherty will assume the role of interim director.

Flaherty is a respected and talented lawyer and brings with her over 40 years of experience of regulating the gaming industry within DGE.

Flaherty began her career with DGE in 1979 and holds a J.D. from the Seton Hall Law School. As deputy director, she is responsible for overseeing casino licensing, financial analysis and reporting, employee licensing, public records requests, equal employment opportunity within the industry and DGE, ethics compliance and the release of information to law enforcement agencies and gaming authorities.

“I have always said the achievements at DGE have not been the result of any one person,” Rebuck said. “I have been privileged and grateful to work with an amazing team at DGE and to serve under two governors and eight attorneys general.”

“Director Rebuck is a man of great character who has ably led the DGE through important milestones in the past 13 years,” Jane Bokunewicz, faculty director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University, said. “His integrity and investment in innovation contributed to the successful launch of both internet gaming and sports betting in the state — new gaming products that are changing the industry and keeping New Jersey at the top of the national market.”