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Governor Bryan Names Marvin Pickering To Head Casino Control Commission; ‘Usie’ Richards Demoted

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. has nominated former Bureau of Internal Revenue Director Marvin Pickering to be the chairman and chief executive officer of the Casino Control Commission.

Pickering’s nomination will go before the Senate and, if approved, Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Raymond “Usie” Richards will fall back to a regular board seat, Government House Communications Director Richard Motta, Jr. said today.

St. Thomas architect Stacy Bourne also serves as a commissioner on the CCC.

In addition to his role as the BIR director from 2015-2019, Pickering served as a senior vice-president and chief financial officer for Cruzan Rum For 17 years. 

Pickering was born on St. Thomas and attended Charlotte Amalie High School before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from the College of the Virgin Islands, now the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). 

He currently sits on the board of Junior Achievement of the Virgin Islands, and he has served on the board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA); the Board of Trustees of the St. Croix Landmarks Society; the board of the Foundation for UVI; and the Boards of Trustees for Good Hope School and St. Dunstan’s Episcopal School. 

The Casino Control Commission was established to “develop and implement a regulatory framework that permits and promotes the stability and continuity of casino gaming in the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands,” according to its website.  

Raymond “Usie” Richards has battled substance abuse problems his whole adult life. But it never kept “Usie” out of the Virgin Islands Legislature, or a government job. He has maintained an affiliation with FIBA while serving on the CCC, in direct contravention to its stated rules and regulations. Commissioner Stacy Bourne did contract work for the University of the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma, also in direct contravention of the CCC’s stated rules and regulations, a top former CCC commissioner stated to the V.I. Free Press.
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