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Within a Two-day Span, Three Top Executives for the 310 room
 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa Resign, Including GM Bill Davis

By Kimberly Pierceall, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.McClatchy-Tribune Business News

Dec. 4, 2006 - Within a two-day span, three top executives for the 27-story Morongo Casino Resort & Spa have left, tribal officials said.

Employees of the 310-room resort were told Friday about the resignation of longtime General Manager Bill Davis.

The day before, officials with the tribal-owned resort dismissed the casino's directors of information technology and slots, Jim Forrest and Dan Savage.

Waltona Manion, a public relations consultant for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, said Davis' resignation and Forrest and Savage's dismissal were a result of the tribe's long-range planning and not because of a single event.

"Bill Davis is leaving (Morongo Casino Resort & Spa) and this will lead us in some new directions," the unsigned e-mail to employees said. "We are indebted to Mr. Davis, as he played a longtime role in Morongo's growth."

The tribe is looking for permanent replacements for all three positions.

Davis was on vacation in Arizona and a message left at his home was not returned Monday. Phone numbers listed for Forrest and Savage were not in service and they could not be reached for comment.

In an e-mail to employees Friday, the tribe said that the search for a new general manager could take three to four months.

Las Vegas-based gaming consultant Saverio "Sal" Scheri will lead a transition team to oversee the resort's daily operations and help recruit the new general manager, according to the e-mail.

Davis was hired to be the casino's assistant manager in 1997 and was later promoted to general manager when the tribe began planning its high-rise Cabazon casino resort that opened in 2004.

Since then the resort has faced a federal lawsuit that was later dismissed from the Las Vegas-based N9NE Group, which had managed the resort's bars and restaurants before the tribe ended the business partnership last year.

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