Muldowney quits gaming commission post

March 27, 1997


Staff Writer

Just three months before the end of his two-year term, Washington County Gaming Commission member Paul Muldowney resigned Wednesday.

In a one-page letter to the Washington County Commissioners, Muldowney gave no reason for his immediate resignation.

Attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.

He said in the letter that he hoped his spot on the commission could be filled immediately so the new appointee "can make a positive contribution during the July distribution" of gaming money to charities.

But Kathy Sterling, gaming commission coordinator, said she would like the Washington County Commissioners to hold off until July so the new person can serve a full two-year term.


"Paul Muldowney has been a tremendous asset to the commission," Sterling said upon learning of his resignation. "I have the utmost respect for him. He will be missed."

Sterling said the seven-member commission will be able to fully function despite being down by one member. It is up to the Washington County Commissioners to appoint a replacement, she said.

Gaming Commission Chairwoman Sue Tuckwell said she is sorry Muldowney is leaving.

"We worked well together," said Tuckwell, who said Muldowney was a valuable member of the panel.

Muldowney has been a vocal member of the gaming commission, recently sparring with members of the county's legislative delegation about efforts to make needed changes to the tip jar gambling law.

For example, Muldowney and members of the Washington County Commissioners want the expiration date, commonly referred to as its "sunset," eliminated so there is no threat of the law being repealed automatically. The law expires July 1, 1999.

Sunset bill legislation was not introduced in the current session of the General Assembly.

One thing upon which the delegation and Muldowney agreed was that the gaming law passed last year is working. Throughout the county, bars and private clubs are required to make charitable contributions from their gambling proceeds as regulated by the gaming commission.

Still at issue is a plan to eliminate part of the law that prohibits officers in nonprofit clubs from serving on the gaming commission.

The provision was intended to bar potential conflicts of interest, but Muldowney said it keeps qualified people from serving.

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