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Dillon was under contract
until September 2022
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only manage the daily operations
of the casino, but assist the board
in completing a recruitment search
for a new general manager.
“This past year has been chal-
lenging with the COVID/pandemic
restrictions, temporary close down,
the local fires, national unrest and
wearing masks,” Jenness said. “We
know how hard you have worked
and we wish to acknowledge and
When contacted by Smoke Sig-
nals on Monday, June 7, Jenness
said he was not fully surprised by
“There were some issues going on,
personnel issues, that I thought we
were making strides to work it out
and he would stay,” Jenness said.
“But he decided to resign. We were
saddened about that. He’s done a
great job for the casino.”
Jenness said Dillon was under
contract until September 2022 and
was probably going to retire then.
Jenness said the Spirit Mountain
Gaming Inc. board has been in con-
tact with an interim general man-
ager candidate who has expressed
interest in the job. However, he or
she will not be able to take over for
at least three weeks until a gaming
license is obtained from the Grand
Ronde Gaming Commission.
Former Tribal Council chairman
and former Spirit Mountain Gam-
ing Inc. Board member Reyn Leno
posted on Facebook that he was
concerned that Dillon has resigned.
“That’s a big hit for us,” Leno wrote.
He also said that Tribal Council
member Jack Giffen Jr. resigned
from the board after almost two
decades of service.
“I would like to both thank and
acknowledge Stan Dillon and Jack
Giffen for all they have done for the
Tribe and the casino,” Leno wrote.
Giffen said that he resigned for
personal reasons and that his res-
ignation was not related to Dillon’s
“While change is not fun and the
unknown can be scary, change al-
ways brings growth,” Jenness said.
“We have a great management team
at the casino and we are looking
forward to continued prosperity.”
Dillon became general manager
at Spirit Mountain Casino in Sep-
tember 2014, succeeding Randy
Dugger in the position. He previ-
ously worked at gaming facilities in
Reno, Nev., and Prior Lake, Minn.
He joined the Spirit Mountain Ca-
sino staff in 2008 as the director of
For the purposes of full disclo-
sure, Jenness also serves on the
Grand Ronde Editorial Board,
which oversees the editor of Smoke
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