Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Reappoints Joni M. Thrower Davis and Andrew T. Palms as Members of the Michigan Gaming Control Board

Joni M. Thrower Davis and Andrew T. Palms have been reappointed as board members of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The reappointments were confirmed by Henry Williams, the executive director of the MGCB.

Andrew T. Palms was initially appointed to the MGCB by former Governor Rick Snyder in 2012. With his reappointment, he is now entering his 12th year as a member of the board. Joni M. Thrower Davis, on the other hand, joined the MGCB as a board member at the beginning of 2020, succeeding Patrick M. McQueen. This reappointment marks the start of Davis’ second four-year term.

The two board members have been reappointed for a term set to expire on December 31, 2027. Currently, the MGCB board consists of five members who are residents of the state and are appointed by the Governor. Linda Forte currently serves as the chairperson of the board. The recent reappointments join Davis and Palms with Deidre A. Lambert-Bounds as board members, while one member spot remains vacant.

Palms, a resident of Chelsea, holds a bachelor’s degree of general studies in computer science, business, and engineering from the University of Michigan. He has worked at the university for over 30 years and currently serves as the executive director of ITS Infrastructure. Davis, a Detroit resident, holds a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She is currently a managing partner for Jamjomar and owns and operates four McDonald’s restaurants in Detroit’s metropolitan area.

Executive director Henry Williams expressed his appreciation for Governor Whitmer’s decision to reappoint both Palms and Davis to the MGCB board, recognizing their dedication, expertise, and valuable contributions to the agency’s mission and vision. He praised their extensive expertise and dedication, making them invaluable assets to the regulator, and predicted that the MGCB’s board would continue to make effective decisions and remain stable, boosted by the duo’s appointments. Finally, Williams stated that the gambling regulator will continue to tackle emerging challenges within the sector across Michigan.

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