Board Members

Meet the NMGCB Board of Directors

Chairman Jeremy Romero

Chairman Jeremy Romero

Jeremy Romero was appointed to a five-year term on the New Mexico Gaming Control Board in January of 2020 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, to fill the vacancy as the law enforcement member to the board. In December of 2020 Jeremy was appointed Chairman of the NMGCB by Govenor Grisham.

A highly experienced law enforcement professional, with nearly two decades in both the patrol and investigative arenas, Commissioner Romero is a hands-on police practitioner and knowledgeable police reformer. His career has been dedicated to community-based policing and he brings the same practical approach to the Gaming Control Board, where he intends to work closely in partnership with individuals, community-based groups, charitable organizations and industry representatives to ensure the integrity of gaming and bingo in the state of New Mexico. Commissioner Romero holds an advanced law enforcement certification, as well as credentials in first line supervision, management and law enforcement instruction.

Commissioner Romero’s law enforcement service has included stints with the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Corrales Police Department and the state Department of Public Safety/State Police, as well as in an administrative capacity for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.  While serving as an officer for the Corrales P.D, Commissioner Romero was seriously injured in the line of duty in a motor vehicle accident, sustaining catastrophic injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down.  Since the crash, he has undergone over a dozen surgeries, and was the first officer to receive the “Re-walk exoskeleton,” equipment specially designed and fitted to allow him to walk on his own, which earned him the unofficial title“Robocop,” not just for his use of the device, but also for his resiliency and determination to never give up his desire to serve.  His ability to overcome adversity has inspired many others facing sudden disabilities, and he has advocated on behalf of other officers injured in the line of duty to receive the tools and services they require to improve their quality of life.

Commissioner Romero has been married to his wife, Esperanza, for nearly 20 years. They have one child, Jeremy Jr.

Jeremiah Ritchie

Jeremiah Ritchie

Jeremiah Ritchie was appointed to serve as the public member of the Gaming Control Board in January of 2018. Mr. Ritchie received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico, and began his career in marketing and financial services before choosing to attend law school. After obtaining his Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University, Mr. Ritchie returned to his home state of New Mexico and began his practice in civil litigation.

Mr. Ritchie served for more than five years in the office of Governor Susana Martinez, during which he held the positions of Assistant General Counsel, Legislative Liaison, and Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Ritchie’s experience with the State of New Mexico included negotiating state/tribal  gaming compacts and overseeing outside counsel on gaming-related litigation, as well as management and oversight of various state agencies on behalf of the governor.

Mr. Ritchie returned to private practice in 2017, joining the law firm of Sheehan & Sheehan, P.A. His practice now includes advising businesses on employment, regulatory and other matters, as well as general litigation in the areas of construction, employment and commercial law. Mr. Ritchie is admitted to practice in the State of New Mexico, U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

In addition to serving on the Gaming Control Board, Mr. Ritchie is a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and is active in coaching youth basketball.

Sam Bregman

Sam Bregman

Commissioner Bregman has been a lawyer in New Mexico for 30 years. He is a constitutional rights lawyer and trial attorney. Commissioner Bregman has also been a prosecutor, a former Albuquerque City Councilor and was Owner of the New Mexico Thunderbirds NBA minor league basketball franchise. Besides practicing law, Commissioner Bregman is a rancher, who focuses on raising Angus cattle and riding his three Quarter horses: Whiskey, Romeo and Fuego.

Commissioner Bregman was seven years old when his Grandfather first took him to Pimlico Race Course, and he has been an avid fan of horse racing ever since. He is married to Jackie Bregman, and they have three adult children Alex, Jessica, and A.J.