- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada State Athletic Commission has named a veteran boxing judge with a background as a retired FBI supervisory agent and U.S. Marine Corps captain as its new executive director.

Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar announced Friday that Robert Bennett has been hired for the position formerly held by Keith Kizer.

Bennett was picked by the five-member commission from among three finalists to head the state office regulating boxing and mixed martial arts.

Aguilar says Bennett has experience in unarmed combat within Nevada and has judged nearly 70 professional fights.

Bennett served as security director at the Clark County District Court, where he was responsible for managing a more than $10 million capital budget.

Kizer stepped down from the $95,000 commission executive director job Jan. 10 after eight years.