- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gaming Commission member Wally Carter is resigning from casino regulatory board on Feb. 28.

Carter, an Ocean Springs businessman, made the announcement Thursday at the commission’s meeting in Jackson.

Gov. Phil Bryant now will have to appoint two new members to the 3-member commission.

Allen Godfrey, the commission’s executive director, tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1EadrSI ) that Carter is getting back into his business and knew there would be conflicts of interest and he didn’t want to have to continually recuse himself on votes.

John Hairston, the former chairman of the Gaming Commission, resigned in January.

Carter’s term was to run through Sept. 30, 2016. Carter was appointed to the Gaming Commission in 2012

The term of commissioner Nolen Cannon of Tunica expires Sept. 30.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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