Rick Day, a law enforcement veteran and seasoned gaming regulator, has been appointed executive director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC). As MGC’s executive director, he will be the executive and administrative head of the commission, responsible for administering and enforcing the provisions of the Expanded Gaming Act. Day will plan, direct, execute and coordinate all administrative activities and assist the commission in developing the policy and procedures related to the regulation of gaming in Massachusetts.
Day has more than 30 years in the criminal justice system with more than two decades dedicated to state law enforcement and regulatory work involving gambling investigations and compliance. Most recently, he was executive director of the Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC), where he led over 150 gaming employees including special agents, auditors and licensing units. He also negotiated the tribal-state gaming compacts on behalf of the state. In addition, Day was responsible for successfully executing and completing statewide criminal and regulatory gambling investigations including felony cheating, bookmaking and employee theft. During his tenure at WSGC, Day created an international task force with federal, state, and Canadian law enforcement agencies to investigate illegal Internet gambling by actively investigating high-profile cases.
Prior to his role at WSGC, Day was the first director of Montana’s then newly-created Department of Corrections from 1995-2000. As director, Day’s responsibilities included organizing the first Department of Corrections in Montana’s history. As bureau chief of the Gambling Control Division at the Department of Justice in Montana from 1989 to 1991, Day is also credited with establishing and managing Montana’s first criminal and regulatory gambling investigations bureau for the Montana Attorney General’s office.