KC man appointed to Missouri Gaming Commission

JEFFERSON CITY | A corporate executive from Kansas City and a former sheriff and have been appointed to the Missouri Gaming Commission.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday appointed Barrett Hatches and Jack Merritt to the commission that regulates casinos and bingo halls.

Hatches is a Democrat from Kansas City who served as chief operating officer of Swope Community Enterprises from 2004 until this year. He is a former president of the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and Enstar Natural Gas in Alaska. He also worked for Missouri Gas Energy and for Sante Fe Railroad.

Merritt is a Republican from the city of Republic. He retired from the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 1997 after a 27-year career and served as sheriff of Greene County from 2001 through 2008.

The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.