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Gaming Commission seeks new general counsel

Arlene Brock

The Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission is seeking a new general counsel less than two months after it announced the hiring of Arlene Brock, the former Ombudsman, to the post.

According to a notice in Saturday’s edition of The Royal Gazette, the commission is looking for a counsel to oversee all legal matters and to serve as the primary legal adviser to the commission.

“The general counsel will serve as a member of the organisation’s senior management team,” the notice stated. “The general counsel will serve as a member of the senior leadership team and will lead and manage the legal, compliance, risk management and internal audit functions.”

Qualified persons were invited to submit written applications and CVs to the commission or directly to executive director Richard Schuetz by next Monday.

On September 30, the commission had announced that Ms Brock would serve as the organisation’s general counsel, with Mr Schuetz saying she would be an “integral person” in ensuring that the commission operates at the highest standards.

In the same release, Ms Brock was quoted as saying: “I look forward to working with the commission and commission staff to realise the goal of introducing casino gaming into Bermuda with the highest level of integrity and best practices.”

Efforts were made to contact Mr Schuetz. According to commission chairman Alan Dunch, Ms Brock “resigned from the position to take up other opportunities”.

The commission is tasked with establishing and developing a domestic gaming industry. The Bermuda Government has expressed hope that the first local casino would open its doors before the America’s Cup returns in 2017.