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Gaming commission director appointed

June 09, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

Vanessa Hines of Fairplay has been appointed director of the Washington County Gaming Commission.

Hines, 47, has been employed by the county since January 1990. She has worked as the office manager for the States' Attorney's Office since August 1995. She previously worked as an office associate for the Washington County Sanitary Authority.

"I think she is going to do a fine job," said Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook. The County Commissioners made the appointment Tuesday.

Kathy Schilens, the Gaming Commission's first director, is leaving the position effective July 1. She is moving to Cleveland.

The Gaming Commission was formed in July 1995.

"Vanessa (Hines) has the organizational skills to make this transition a smooth one, and to keep the Gaming Commission office running on an even keel," Schilens said.

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The position was advertised internally from May 24 through June 1.

As director, Hines will work closely with the office of Budget and Finance Director Debra Bastian.

"Vanessa has excellent qualifications for the position. I believe she will do a fine job as Gaming Commission director," Bastian said.

"I'm looking forward to working with the Gaming Commission and Debra Bastian," Hines said.

She has not had any major dealings previously with the Gaming Commission but is excited about the new job, she said.

The Gaming Commission distributes money to nonprofit organizations twice a year. The money comes from a percentage of profits from tip jar gambling that private clubs and taverns must turn over for distribution.

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