Shakeup in Massachusetts

James McHugh (l.), one of five members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and Executive Director Rick Day are leaving the commission. This is the first such departures since the commission was established three and a half years ago.

For the first time since the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was empanelled three and a half years ago two members have resigned.

Commissioner James McHugh, a former state appeals court judge who came out of retirement upon the request of then Governor Deval Patrick, will return to retirement in September.

Executive Director Rick Day will resign effective next week. Both said they wanted to spend more time with their families. Day will continue to be a consultant for the commission.

Reflecting on his time with the commission, Day stated, “I am proud of the work accomplished over the last 2.5 years and pleased that the state is now experiencing the benefits of jobs and revenue currently being derived from the new gaming industry.”

McHugh commented, “I think it is time to pick up my postponed retirement.” State Attorney General Maura Healey will get to name McHugh’s successor. She commented, “Moving forward. We will conduct a thorough, deliberative process to select a highly-qualified individual to serve as Judge McHugh’s successor.”