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Commissioners

Jerry L. Griffith, Sr. has more than 40 years of experience in government accounting and management. He is a career agent with the Internal Revenue Service, serving from 1973-2014. During his tenure with the IRS, Mr. Griffith managed the agency’s anti-money laundering program in five states and ensured casinos were in compliance with Title 31 under the Bank Secrecy Act program.  Additionally, he served as a general program manager for Examination.  He also developed an inventory management system to aid in anti-money laundering efforts and directed audits of businesses and casinos. He is experienced in investigating tax fraud and during his career was responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and reviewing the work of professional and technical employees engaged in determining the liability for federal taxes. Mr. Griffith holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Delta State University. He is a member of Delta Omicron Subordinate Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Grand Boule where he serves as the Thesauristes. Mr. Griffith is a community mentor and a member of Rotary International of Gulfport. He and his wife Veta are members of Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Gulfport, where he is chairman of the Trustee Board and past chairman of the Brotherhood. Mr. Griffith is a Vietnam Veteran and served in the United States Navy. The Griffiths are the parents of two children.

“I am no stranger to the gaming industry.  During my 40 plus years with the Internal Revenue Service, I have served in a number of positions including management,” Jerry Griffith said. “I was responsible for managing the Anti-Money Laundering program, also known as the Bank Secrecy Act, ensuring that the gaming industry was in compliance with Title 31. The gaming industry plays a vital and significant role in the state of Mississippi’s economy, and I will certainly carryout the mission statement of the Mississippi Gaming Commission to the best of my ability.  I thank Gov. Bryant for this opportunity and his confidence in me to serve as a commissioner for the Mississippi Gaming Commission.”


 
 

 

Chairman Nolen Canon
Commissioner Nolen Canon was born in Morton, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University. Mr. Canon is the owner and operator of Canon Farms, a 7000-acre farm that grows rice, soybeans, cotton, grain, sorghum and wheat in Tunica County.
 
Commissioner Canon has served as Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Rice Producers and has testified before Congress on their behalf. He has also served as Chairman of the Mississippi Rice Promotion Board and President of the Tunica County Farm Bureau. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Bank and Trust and Delta F.A.R.M. Mr. Canon was named Rice Farming Magazine’s 1994 Farmer of the Year and Mississippi Ag Network’s 2001 Farmer of the Year.
 
Commissioner Canon is married to the former Toni Bassie. They have two children and reside in Tunica.
 
Commissioner Canon’s term expires September 30, 2015.

Al Hopkins is former Assistant Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard and retired with the rank of Major General. During his military service, he earned multiple awards, including the Legion of Merit and the Magnolia Cross. He served 13 years as Chief Judge of the Court of Military Appeals. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English and History from Delta State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from William Carey University and an Honorary Master of Laws degree in law from Mississippi College School of Law. Mr. Hopkins founded his own law firm in 1977, which operates today under the name Hopkins, Barvié & Hopkins, P.L.L.C. Gulfport. He is senior partner. He is also president of ANH Enterprises, Inc. and Muddy River Farms, LLC, a farming, ranching, and land development company. Mr. Hopkins is an active member of his community and serves many organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Gulf Pines Council and the Spanish Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and is past president of the Harrison County Tourism Commission. He is a 32nd Degree Mason, an avid outdoorsman and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He and his wife Ruth are members of First Baptist Church of Gulfport, where Mr. Hopkins is a Deacon and teaches Sunday School. The Hopkins have two children.

“I am honored that Gov. Phil Bryant and the Legislature would place this great trust in me,” Al Hopkins said. “My promise to the people of Mississippi is that I shall work diligently and faithfully to carry out my duties and responsibilities as a member of the Mississippi Gaming Commission.”