Gaming Commissioner Barrett Hatches has been appointed to the top post by Governor Nixon. Hatches, of Kansas City, replaces former Senator Jim Mathewson of Sedalia, who stepped down from the chairmanship last month. Hatches is the former president and CEO of Northern Indiana Public Service Company and of Enstar Natural Gas in Alaska, and was director of field services for Missouri Gas Energy. He currently is the President of the business consultant firm Hatches Consulting LLC in Kansas City.