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Athletic commission selects retired FBI agent as new director

A retired FBI agent and professional boxing judge is the new executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Robert Bennett, one of three finalists for the position, was the unanimous selection today of the five-member commission to succeed Keith Kizer, who resigned in January after nearly eight years as the commission’s executive director.

“As a commission, we believe that Robert will continue to ensure and protect the integrity of unarmed combat in the State of Nevada,” said Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar. “He appreciates and respects the sanctity of professional fighting and will be an asset to the Commission.”

In his role, Bennett will report to commission members and be responsible its budget, goals and objectives.

Bennett, a retired FBI supervisory special agent and U.S. Marine Corps captain, has judged approximately 68 professional fights and shadow judged an additional 46. Prior to accepting the position, Bennett served as court security director for Clark County’s 8th Judicial District, where he was responsible for the management of the more than $10 million capital budget.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission was established by the Nevada Legislature in 1941 and regulates boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts in the state.

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