AUGUSTA — Maine’s departing State Police Chief Col. Patrick Fleming will serve as director of the agency that oversees casino gambling.

Fleming was nominated for the post by Public Safety Commissioner John Morris and was approved unanimously by the Gambling Control Board today. He begins his new job on Monday, a day after he retires from the State Police.

Fleming succeeds Robert Welch, who was hired as the first executive director in 2004. The Gambling Control Board was created when voters approved a referendum allowing slot machines in Bangor.

Fleming oversaw the gaming and licensing division before becoming State Police chief. He’ll now oversee the application process for the proposed casino in Oxford, as well as administering and enforcing existing casino rules and regulations.