Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb recently announced Indiana Gaming Commission Executive Director Sara Gonso Tait is leaving the agency after six years to consider a position in the private sector. Holcomb appointed IGC General Counsel Greg Small, the commission’s top attorney since 2015, as the new executive director.
During Tait’s tenure, sports betting launched in Indiana in 2019 and new land-based casinos opened in Gary, Evansville and near Louisville, Kentucky, replacing floating facilities on Lake Michigan or the Ohio River.
Tait also managed the commission’s investigation leading to Spectacle Entertainment giving up ownership of the new Hard Rock casino in Gary and a planned Terre Haute casino, after two top executives faced allegations of criminal and financial misconduct. The investigation also resulted in Indiana casino executive Rod Ratcliff giving up his state gaming license and an indefinite delay in the construction of the Terre Haute casino.