Steve Carp @stevecarprj
BREAKING NEWS: Las Vegas’ Bob Bennett selected as new executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. Vote was unanimous 5-0.
Keith Kizer resigned as executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, arguably the most powerful position in regulation, on Jan 10. After a search that drew 350 candidates for the $94,000 position, the commission unanimously voted 5-0 to select Bob Bennett of Las Vegas as the new executive director.
The field had been narrowed to four - executive director of the California State Athletic Commission Andy Foster, executive director of the Tennessee Athletic Commission Jeff Mullens, Michael Martino of Reno, and Bennett. Foster withdrew his candidacy last week, reducing the number to just three.
Bennett, a former Marine and FBI agent who currently oversees security at the Eight Judicial District Court and has been a boxing judge in Nevada since 2012, is expected to begin his new job in mid-May.
“Bob has a unique set of skills, and he has shown an ability to adapt from being with the FBI and as an undercover agent,” NAC chairman Francisco Aguilar said. “He also understands the officials, and he knows the personalities of the promoters.”
“We’ll help him with whatever he needs to get acclimated in making the transition. It’s been a long process, but we’ve learned a lot and we’re excited to be moving forward.”
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