Gov. Whitmer Announces Reappointment of Two Members to MGCB Board

Governor Whitmer Reappoints Joni M. Thrower Davis and Andrew T. Palms to Michigan Gaming Control Board

In a recent announcement, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed the reappointment of Joni M. Thrower Davis and Andrew T. Palms as board members of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). The MGCB’s executive director, Henry Williams, confirmed the reappointment earlier this week.

Andrew T. Palms was initially appointed to the MGCB by former Governor Rick Snyder in 2012. His reappointment marks his 12th year serving as a member of the board. Joni M. Thrower Davis, on the other hand, joined the MGCB as a board member in 2020, succeeding Patrick M. McQueen. Her reappointment commences her second four-year term.

The reappointment of the two board members is for a term set to expire on December 31, 2027. The MGCB’s board consists of five members who are residents of the state and are appointed by the Governor. Linda Forte currently serves as the chairperson, and the recent reappointments reinstated Davis and Palms to the board alongside Deidre A. Lambert-Bounds, while one member spot remains vacant.

Palms, a resident of Chelsea, holds a bachelor’s degree of general studies in computer science, business, and engineering from the University of Michigan. He has over 30 years of experience at the university and serves as the executive director of ITS Infrastructure. Davis, a resident of Detroit, holds a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She is currently a managing partner for Jamjomar and also operates and owns four McDonald’s restaurants in Detroit’s metropolitan area.

Henry Williams, executive director of the MGCB, expressed his appreciation for Governor Whitmer’s decision to reappoint Palms and Davis to the Board, recognizing their dedication and expertise. He praised the duo as valuable assets to the regulator and predicted that the MGCB’s board will continue to make effective decisions and remain stable, with their appointments boosting its operations.

Williams also emphasized that the gambling regulator will continue to address emerging challenges within the sector across Michigan. The reappointment of Davis and Palms signifies a vote of confidence in their ability to continue serving the MGCB and overseeing the state’s gambling industry.