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The Casino Control Law authorized the Commission to complete the functions of licensing, regulating, investigating and penalizing casino operators, management companies, holding companies, key employees, casino gaming employees, and gaming related vendors. As the regulator, the Commission has jurisdiction over all persons participating in casino gaming. 

To fulfill the mission and the responsibilities of the Commission,the Executive Director oversees eight divisions that provide critical functions to ensure the integrity of casino gaming; communications, enforcement, government affairs, legal counsel, licensing & investigations, operations, regulatory compliance and skill games.

Matthew T. Schuler
Executive Director

Matt Schuler is the Executive Director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission. He was hired in November 2011 to lead the new agency given his vast experience in legislative leadership and public policy.

Schuler's public service career began at Ohio’s Statehouse while he was earning a political science degree at The Ohio State University. He worked as a Senate page and then, following his college graduation, he served as legislative aide for the chair of the state Senate’s finance committee. From there, Schuler used his public policy experience in the private sector at the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association. By 1998, he returned to the state Senate as clerk and then became chief of staff in 2005.    

Schuler is a native of Mansfield, Ohio and currently resides in Gahanna, Ohio with his wife, Jill, and their four school-aged children.

 

John Barron
Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

John Barron serves as the Deputy Executive Director, overseeing all Divisions and day to day operations of the Commission. As the General Counsel for the Commission, Barron is responsible for providing advice and counsel in policies and procedures impacting the Commission’s work in regulating casino gaming.

Barron brings a wealth of legal experience to the Commission, having served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Senate and the Ohio Department of Development and Deputy Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Governor. He received both his undergraduate and law degree from The Ohio State University, and served in the U.S. Air Force prior to embarking on his legal career.

John and his wife, Lori, reside in New Albany, Ohio with their three daughters.

 

Jessica Franks
Director of Communications

Jessica Franks heads the Communications Division for the Commission, which handles all media inquiries and public speaking requests. The Division also produces reports and other publications used to update the Legislature and external and internal stakeholders on the work of the Commission.

Franks is well-versed in government communications, having helped members in both the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives communicate with the media as well as their constituents. She has also worked as a policy analyst and legislative aide. Jessica graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism.


 

Patrick D. Martin
Director of Regulatory Compliance

Patrick Martin came to the Commission from Kansas, where he served as Chief Counsel and Interim Executive Director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, the agency tasked with ensuring the integrity of gambling in Kansas. While there, he helped ready the agency following the passage of Kansas’ casino expansion law and organized the selection process for casino managers.

Here in Ohio, Martin is in charge of the Commission’s Division of Regulatory Compliance, which ensures that licensees comply with all pertinent state laws and regulations, as well as each casino’s internal control system. He attended the University of Kansas, receiving his bachelor’s degree as well as his law degree.


 

 

Michael S. Masterson
Director of Enforcement

Masterson leads the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s (OCCC) Enforcement Division comprised of Gaming Agents, Investigators, and Gaming Agent Supervisors who are all certified peace officers. OCCC Gaming Agents are on duty 24-7 at each of Ohio’s four casinos and have full police powers and arrest authority.

Masterson worked for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) where he retired in December 2013, as the Special Agent In-Charge (SAIC) of Gaming. Masterson held various positions with BCI over the course of his career specializing in complex, long term investigations involving narcotics, money laundering, illegal gambling, organized crime, and fugitive apprehensions.

Through an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Masterson was re-assigned to the OCCC as the Toledo Casino Gaming Agent Supervisor in April 2012. Following his promotion to SAIC of Gaming, he was named the Deputy Director of Enforcement for the OCCC. As the Commission began to hire its own enforcement staff, Masterson helped facilitate hiring and training.

Masterson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University, and is a Certified Peace Officer in Ohio.

 
Andromeda Morrison
Director of Skill Games

Overseeing the Commission’s regulation of skill-based games is Andromeda Morrison. Andromeda has extensive experience with Ohio’s gaming laws, as she served for several years in the Charitable Law Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. While there, she made licensing determinations regarding charitable bingo applications and directed compliance investigations. She also represented state gaming regulators in administrative hearings and in lawsuits in both state and federal court. Additionally, Andromeda assisted state agencies with drafting and promulgating dozens of administrative rules. Most recently she worked as an Assistant Counsel for Contracts at the Defense Logistics Agency.

Andromeda received her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and her law degree from Ohio Northern University.

 
Matthew R. Oyster
Director of Licensing & Investigations and Senior Legal Counsel


Matthew Oyster oversees the Commission’s Licensing & Investigations Division, which is responsible for determining the suitability of casino operators, management companies, vendors and employees for licensure. As Senior Legal Counsel, he also assists the General Counsel on certain legal issues that may arise involving the Commission.

Oyster first joined the Commission as an Assistant General Counsel in 2011, and served as Deputy General Counsel from 2012 through 2015. He began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Charitable Law Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, where he represented the State in matters related to casino gaming, liquor, charitable trusts and bingo.

Oyster received both his undergraduate and law degree from Ohio Northern University.


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