Choctaws want to hire ex-gambling regulator to run Mississippi casino resort

Philadelphia, Mississippi (AP) 11-07

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians say they expect to hire a former state gaming regulator to run its casino resort near Philadelphia.

Tribal miko Beasley Denson said in a statement that the tribe will offer the job of president and chief executive to Paul Harvey.

“We are getting a man with impeccable character and strong leadership skills to move our resort and gaming operations forward to the next level,” Denson said.

Denson is chairman of the board of Pearl River Resort, which includes two hotels and two casinos, two golf courses and a water park outside of Philadelphia.

Harvey was the first executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission from 1993-98. He is a retired Air Force general and was previously commander of Keesler Air Force Base. For the past few years, he has been president of PDH Associates Inc., which provides consulting services to the gaming, hotel and resort industry.

He will replace Richard L. “Chuck” Miller, who resigned in August.