Richard S. Kalm

Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board
Date - July 22, 2024, 2:19 am
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Mr. Richard S. Kalm was appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, on March 29, 2007, as Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Mr. Kalm, the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, oversees a staff of 119 full-time and 22 part-time employees. He succeeds Daniel J. Gustafson, who resigned as of May 2007. Mr. Kalm, of Romeo, most recently served with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, where he has more than 30 years experience. Prior to his retirement, he held the all ranks at the Sheriff’s Office from Deputy Sheriff through Captain, and Division Commander, retiring as the Chief of Staff

Mr. Kalm earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University. His professional training includes the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the Criminal Justice Leadership Academy at Lansing Community College, and Critical Incident Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Southeastern Michigan Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy and North American Gaming Regulators Association. Mr. Kalm is committed to the Gaming Control Board’s Mission to “ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan.” On January 17, 2010, the Gaming Board, as a result of Executive Order 2009-45, has taken over the duties of the Office of Horse Racing Commissioner.

My overall vision for gaming regulation in Michigan is quite simple, to maintain and insure the integrity of Casino Gaming and Horse Racing, and balance regulation with a business friendly approach to vendors, suppliers, tracks and casinos. As a former law enforcement officer, I am very honored to head an agency that has some of the toughest gaming regulations in the country. My goal is to strive to be the finest gaming control operation in the US, which will assure the people of the State of Michigan that the commercial casino industry and horse racing is honest and fair. I am committed to protecting this source of revenue for the State of Michigan and maintaining the highest integrity of gaming throughout this State.


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