Gambling Special Agent

Multiple Locations Statewide, WA
Washington State Gambling Commission
Salary: $50,424.00-$57,039.00

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


*This recruitment will be updated as position information changes.  

The Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC) is seeking skilled candidates to fill Gambling Special Agent positions as vacancies occur in various divisions throughout Washington State.  We currently have Special Agent openings in Lacey, WA, Spokane, WA, and Renton, WA, (or North).  If hired, you can be located in our Spokane Field Office, Renton Field Office, Headquarters in Lacey, or home based.

We use a combination of education and experience to determine starting salary, which ranges between $50,424 – $57,039 annually. As an Agent, you could earn up to $71,280 annually over the course of your career.

Note:  If you applied for this recruitment previously, you will not need to reapply.


Created by the state Legislature in 1973, we are a law enforcement, licensing and regulatory agency.  We are a non-appropriated agency funded through licensing and regulatory fees paid by licensees and tribal governments.

OUR MISSION – Protect the public by ensuring gambling is legal and honest.

OUR VISION – We will maintain confidence by:

  • Conducting a fair and effective gambling regulatory and enforcement program
  • Investigating illegal activities
  • Building positive partnerships and relationships
  • Providing a workplace that allows employees to excel at their jobs
  • Anticipating and responding to the evolving gambling industry

OUR VALUES – Integrity, Professionalism, Respect and Diversity.

To learn more about us, please visit our website at



These full-time, civil service exempt positions are commissioned, limited-jurisdiction law enforcement officers and are responsible for conducting regulatory and law enforcement investigations to ensure gambling laws and rules are followed.

As a Special Agent, you will also conduct onsite visits to licensed or tribal gambling facilities, perform in-depth evaluation of gambling and financial records, analyze accounting controls, investigate complaints and criminal activity involving and relating to gambling and take appropriate legal and administrative actions. Some of the premises you visit may be in high crime areas. You will work primarily alone and occasionally in teams.

You may be assigned to any one of the agency units.  The Licensing Unit is headquartered in Lacey.  The Regulation Unit, Criminal Enforcement Unit, and the Tribal Gaming Unit have locations throughout the state.  Each unit may have specific residence requirements within their assigned coverage areas.  Below is a brief description of each unit:

Licensing Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based out of our Headquarters office in Lacey. Agents conduct pre-licensing financial investigations, financial reviews and source of funds investigations, criminal history investigations, post licensing investigations and charitable/nonprofit reviews and works in coordination with Tribal Gaming Agency licensing staff. Work in this unit requires out-of-state and out-of-country travel.

Regulation Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based throughout the state. Agents regulate licensed gambling and provide technical assistance to gambling operations, and work with numerous licensee groups and law enforcement agencies. Agents also investigate criminal cases for the prosecution of illegal gambling activities and gambling related crimes.

Criminal Enforcement Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based throughout the state. Agents are responsible for investigating illegal gambling activities that occur at licensed and unlicensed facilities, and individuals or organizations involved in crimes involving gambling or having a gambling nexus. Agents are also responsible for cybercrimes either involving or related to gambling.  In addition, agents assist the Regulation Unit and the Tribal Gaming Unit with investigations, the enforcement of gambling laws, and gambling related crimes.  Agents in this unit also assist local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement with criminal investigations involving gambling related crimes or crimes connected to gambling.

Tribal Gaming Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based throughout the state and partner with Tribal representatives. Agents work cooperatively with each tribe's Tribal Gaming Agency to monitor Class III (Nevada/casino style) tribal gaming activities, conduct criminal investigations, and ensure compact compliance. Agents also provide training to regulators from within the state and across the country.


Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in criminal justice, accounting or finance, public or business administration, computer science or closely related field, OR
  • Four or more years of related experience in business, auditing, accounting, law enforcement, regulatory, fraud, or investigations. OR
  • Associates degree involving study in criminal justice, accounting or finance, public or business administration, or closely related field, AND a minimum of two years related experience in business, auditing, accounting, law enforcement, regulatory, fraud or investigations.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in conducting regulatory or criminal investigations with other local, state, and federal agencies, and tribal governments.
  • Successful completion of Basic Law Enforcement Academy
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Experience reviewing financial statements from nonprofit and commercial entities.
  • Experience in obtaining, reviewing and understanding court documents from all court levels to include federal, superior, and district courts.