Published: September 26, 2021

John Moran Jr., the longest-serving gaming commissioner in Nevada history, is leaving the agency this week after a record 14-year run

Moran was reappointed to four-year terms by Govs. Jim Gibbons and Brian Sandoval. His 14 years on the commission makes him the longest-serving commissioner in state history.

Moran comes from a family with a long-standing affiliation with law enforcement. He is a son of late Clark County Sheriff John Moran Sr.

Moran served with what was then the Clark County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff beginning in 1969. He was admitted to practice law in Nevada in 1975 and is the founding senior member of the Moran Law Firm in Las Vegas.

Prior to his appointment to the Gaming Commission, Moran served on the Colorado River Commission and the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners. Gov. Bob Miller appointed Moran to the Colorado River Commission in 1989. During his time on that commission, Moran served as both member and chairman.

In 2000, Moran was appointed to the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commission by Guinn, and he served as a member and chairman until 2004.

The part-time Gaming Commission is considered the state’s top regulatory board, making final decisions on gaming licensing recommendations made by the full-time Nevada Gaming Control Board.

“I really want to see some people get in there and give some other people a chance to serve the state,” Moran said. “It’s been really rewarding for me.”

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