The Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC) is the second oldest gambling regulatory agency in the nation. The Legislature created the WSGC in 1973
after a series of gambling related scandals.
Five citizens are appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, to act as part-time Commissioners, for a single six-year term. Once appointed, a Commissioner can only be removed for cause by a subcommittee appointed by the Chief of the Supreme Court. This structure ensures the Commission maintains an arm's length distance from the political structure.
The Commission appoints a director, who appoints agency staff. Of the 114 full-time positions authorized, about 63 are commissioned law enforcement officers, responsible for enforcing the gambling laws.
Commissioner Sizemore is a former Mayor Pro Tempore and member of the Covington City Council, and Legislative Liaison for the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters. He is currently a fire fighter with the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority.
Term expires June 30, 2019
Commissioner Patterson is a former member of the Metropolitan King County Council, Washington State Senate, Washington State House of Representatives and the SeaTac City Council. Her public service career spans 24 years.
Term expires June 30, 2018
Commissioner Gray retired from the Washington State University’s W.D. Ruckelshaus Center. She has worked with profit and nonprofit organizations, Tribes, law enforcement organizations, and local, state and federal governments.
Term expires June 30, 2017
Commissioner Stearns is an attorney specializing in Indian law. He previously served four years as Counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and was the first-ever Director of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is also the past Chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission.
Term expires June 30, 2021
Commissioner Troyer has been with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for over 30 years and is their Media Relations and Public Information Officer. He is also the Executive Director of Pierce County Crime Stoppers and Board Chair of TAPCO Credit Union.
Term expires June 30, 2020