Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby has named D. Scott Colbert as the nation's interim Gaming Commissioner.
"Scott has the knowledge, experience and integrity necessary to serve the Chickasaw people well in this position," Anoatubby said. "Decades of experience as a judge, legislator and attorney have helped prepare him for the ongoing task of developing and implementing the effective regulation necessary to ensure our gaming operations remain sound and secure."
Colbert was appointed to fill the vacancy created when the former commissioner resigned to take another position with the Chickasaw Nation. The appointment was confirmed by a vote of the tribal legislature in their July 19 regular session.
The gaming commissioner serves as the primary regulator of the Chickasaw Nation's gaming operations. The post includes making and publishing regulations dealing with employment, licenses, fees and other aspects of the business. In addition, the commissioner works with the comptroller to design procedures to prevent theft and ensure the integrity of gaming operations.
Colbert served as tribal legislative representative of the Tishomingo District from 2002 until 2012. He served a term as chair of the legislature and was active on numerous committees, including chairman of the Court Development Ad Hoc Committee, chairman of the Finance Committee, chairman of Cultural Resources Chair, Land Committee and Legislative Committee.
Prior to serving as a legislator Colbert served the nation as a Supreme Court Justice from 1996 until 2002 and as Chief Magistrate for the Bureau of Indian Affiars Court from 1985-1990.
Colbert is a member of the Chickasaw Bar Association, the Oklahoma Indian Bar Association and the Murray County Bar Association. He has served as Sulphur Municipal Judge since 1985 and has also served on the Sulphur Community Bank Board of Directors.
Colbert earned his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma City University in 1978 and his Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University in 1983. He serves on the Oklahoma City University Law School Law Review. He graduated from Sulphur high School in 1973.
Colbert is married to Dorinda Colbert. He has four children; a daughter Alex Colbert Billings; and three sons, Aaron, Ben and Clifton.