Ax falls on Morongo execs

Dec 12, 2006 6:09 AM

Within a two-day span, three top executives for the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa near San Bernardino have left, according to the Press-Enterprise newspaper.

Employees of the 310-room resort were told last week 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," an unsigned email 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.

In an email to employees, 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 email.