Harris on the hotseat: Careful, cautious
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
What you're about to see is a very careful Becky Harris, the new chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the investigative arm of the gaming commission.
“So it's the board's policy to not discuss an ongoing investigation but I can tell you that it's underway,” Harris told me Tuesday, giving us her most extensive interview yet for a broadcast outlet. She was referring to the recent sexual accusations against Steve Wynn, the man who literally remade gaming and turned las vegas into a modern gaming destination.
Harris will give you no more than that because she can’t. As the state’s top gaming investigator, she’s already paving new ground by sitting down for an extended interview, but even then her answers are short, cautious and concise.
The governor appointed the state senator to replace AJ Burnett. She chaired her first gaming control board meeting last week.
That meeting last week came 12 days after the bombshell report in the Wall Street Journal on January 26th. That claimed Steve Wynn was guilty of decades of sexual misconduct.
Since that report, Harris tells me tips have been coming into her office.
“I think that the increase in traffic was the result of the Wall Street Journal piece,” Harris told me. As a result, The GCB set up an online portal for people to report incidents regarding any investigation it's conducting: a “hotline,” essentially. It is accessed by going to the gaming control board website and clicking under the “what’s new” tab on the homepage.
It went online yesterday. Harris did not have a number about how many complaints they've received, but she says all will be referred to the appropriate GCBdivisions. Don’t expect to do this anonymously, however: the complaint form requires a valid email and phone number.
“Those who are submitting information to the board should expect follow up or a phone call back or an email,” harris says.
In the Wynn case, Steve Wynn has denied the charges. Last week, he stepped down, saying "I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles."
Harris tells me Wynn's resignation does not stop her investigation.
“So we're continuing with our investigation here and we're going to conduct that investigation in a thoughtful, thorough and judicious way,” Harris says.