Chairman Jones is in his 45th year of public service in Louisiana and was appointed Chairman of the 9 member Gaming Control Board in 2013. He was reappointed to a second six year term by Governor John Bel Edwards in July 2019. His previous experience includes a 32-year career in the Louisiana State Police. Chairman Jones brings a unique and varied background to the position of chairman. He was the primary legislative coordinator for the State Police when bills authorizing riverboat and video poker gaming were first introduced in 1991 and he participated in the debate and discussions which eventually resulted in the legalization of gaming in the state. Thereafter, he was a senior operational and policy advisor and helped craft the State Police regulatory structure prior to the issuance of the licenses.
He and his Board oversee an industry which annually generates nearly $4 billion in total net revenue and nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in state fees. The Board is responsible for maintaining public confidence in, and operational integrity of 15 riverboat properties, the land-based casino in the city of New Orleans, more than 1,600 licensed video poker establishments and four racetrack slot gaming facilities.
Chairman Jones was recognized as the North American Regulator of the Year in 2017 by the International Masters of Gaming Law. He also has extensive experience in the academic sector as a professor at both public and private universities.