Bennett replaces longtime director Keith Kizer, who resigned from the position in January. The Nevada commission is one of the most high-profile commissions in the country that oversees combat sports.
The commission voted unanimously to appoint Bennett, a former FBI agent, Marine, and boxing judge to the position.
Bennett was one of three finalists that was whittled down from an initial list of more than 300 applicants. The other finalists included Michael Martino and Jeffrey Mullen. The California commission’s current executive director, Andy Foster, was one of the more high-profile candidates expected to vie for the position, but he removed himself from the running earlier this week, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“It’s a unique opportunity,” Bennett told the Review-Journal. “I’m elated to be selected. It’s an honor and a privilege, and I look forward to serving the state, the commissioners, the athletes, promoters and the fans.
“I see myself as part of a team. I want to work with the promoters and the fighters, as well as the commissioners, and by working together we can maintain the gold standard that is the Nevada Athletic Commission.”