Gaming board chairman dies 

Dale Hall
Dale Hall

Dale Hall, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, died Saturday in his home while recovering from surgery last month.

Hall, 56, retired from the State Police with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He also was a former assistant superintendent of State Police, according to a statement on his death issued Saturday afternoon by State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson.

Hall joined State Police in 1981 and worked with Troop A for more than 10 years in the traffic enforcement program before moving onto other departments.

While serving with State Police, Hall held an assignment in the gaming control section, was commander of the Anti-Terrorism Training Program and was instrumental in the construction of the Joint Emergency Training Center.

Edmonson said Saturday he met Hall in 1981 and called him a “friend and brother.”

“One of the finest human beings and state troopers that I ever met,” Edmonson said. “He’s going to be remembered for so many things, but the way he treated people, his compassionate nature, I think will be his truest measure.”

Edmonson named Hall assistant superintendent and chief of staff in January 2008, a post Hall’s father-in-law, retired Lt. Col. Richard Horton, also held.

After Hall retired from State Police in 2012, Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed him to the state Gaming Control Board on March 30, 2012.

Both Hall’s sons work for State Police — Matthew Hall as an investigator with the Hazardous Materials Unit and Joseph Hall as an investigator with State Police Investigations.

Funeral services for Hall will be held at the University United Methodist Church on LSU’s campus, but the time and date have not been set, Edmonson said.