There is no doubt that Mark A. Lipparelli’s resumé is one of the most impressive ones we have ever seen, and the millions of dollars that he has earned during his career in the gaming industry is even more impressive, but… and there is always a but.
But how is Mark A. Lipparelli planning to serve his constituents when he is so busy making money and making a bigger name for himself in the gaming industry?
We understand that he is friends with Governor Brian Sandoval; we also understand that some of the commissioners are very impressed with his portfolio, but were they looking for a representative for the residents of District 6 in the State Senate, or were they looking for a poster child for our social pages?
We have had enough poster children for our social pages, what with Governor Sandoval’s movie-star reputation with certain females in the
The similarity of Mark A. Lipparelli to Governor Sandoval can be noticed in the length of time each spends in his job, which is never longer than five years.
Lipparelli served as an Executive Vice President of Planning and Strategy of Bally Technologies, Inc. (formerly Alliance Gaming Corp.) from June 2006 to April 2007 and served as its Executive Vice President of Operations from March 8, 2005 to June 2006.
He also served as Executive Vice President of Bally Systems from 2002 to 2005; as Chief Financial Officer of Camco, Inc. in Las Vegas from June 2000 to April 2001. From 1998 to 2000, he served as Senior Vice President of Entertainment Systems for Bally Gaming and Systems.
In our humble opinion, the only difference between Mark Lipparelli and an unreliable employee that changes jobs continuously is that Lipparelli’s job classification is more elegant and the money is way more than any “regular, average” employee would receive.
Other applicants looking to replace Lt Governor as State Senator include Linda Hildebrant, a senior business manager; William Cimo, a tax lien investor and gaming expert; Donald Hotchkiss Jr., a civil engineer; Rick Welte, an insurance agent and manager; Glenn Trowbridge, a retired director of Clark County Parks and Recreation; Brian Hardy, an attorney; Donald Graham, a Las Vegas police sergeant; and David Marlon, president of Solutions Recovery, which provides clinical treatment for addictions.
Any of these members of our community may have a real interest in serving their community and are not just looking for a new pedigree to
impress others; they may even have more time available than the impressive Mr. Lipparelli.
When is the community going to put a stop to the game of musical chairs that these elected officials are playing among themselves with
Water Authority general manager Pat Mulroy retires in little more than one hundred days; she was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission as Mark Lipparelli goes from being Chairman of the Gaming Control to State Senator. Court Administrator Chuck Short retired from his post and shortly thereafter was seen at the Regional Justice Center because “my judges need me so I have to come in a different position,” he claims, while collecting his retirement check plus his salary in a new position because “my judges need me.”
Judges retire every day and then return to the bench as Senior Judges collecting a daily salary that can very well be close to their annual salary as judge. Either retire or not already, but stop the double-dipping at the expense of the citizens, the constituents, and the taxpayers of this community.
People elected to the Assembly after they are termed out run for the Senate and vice versa; they go from the Senate to the Assembly, playing musical chairs over and over again.
It is understandable that an attorney might want to have a prestigious judge position on his resumé because it is impressive, but after two
terms they can go back to just being an attorney or even get some symbolic position in some large law firm — after all, the president of this nation holds the highest job in the country and still can only serve two terms.
We don’t see the former president running for vice-president, Senator or Congressman or any other lower-scale position. Why does everyone else have to be different?
We believe that it is time to put an end to this charade; it is time to put an end to the game of musical chairs kept going to help or protect someone the elected official likes, owes a favor to, or is related to.
Someone has to lobby in the new legislation section to end the musical-chair syndrome.