Yelton paused before his speech to savor the rare chance to re-connect with friends and colleagues in Clay County.
"I see so many faces of my good friends that, for the last 14 months, I so rarely get to see," he said.
As the head of the gaming commission, Yelton oversees the operations of Indiana's 10 casinos. He enforces gaming laws, issues licenses to casinos and their employees and ensures the state receives its rightful chunk of the profits.
"We track every chip as it goes through the whole process," he said.
Yelton is just one of three Clay County officials appointed to high-ranking positions by Gov. Daniels' administration-- the governor tapped former Clay County Prosecutor David Thomas to fill the post of Inspector General, and former Clay County Sheriff Rob Carter now serves as Daniels' head of security.
"The governor was wise in looking to Clay County for some leadership," said Chamber President Mitch Chalos.