Tribe rehires casino CEO after firing him in ’06

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PLUMMER, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Indian tribe rehired its casino manager five years after it fired him and accused him of fraud and abuse of tribal property.

The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council on Monday chose Dave Matheson as the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel chief executive officer. Matheson held the post from 1994 to 2006.

Five years ago, the tribal government filed a lawsuit accusing him of giving a former employee a $684,000 severance package, then hiding the deal.

On Monday, it said that matter was “resolved outside of litigation” and “the time was right to offer Dave a second chance.”

Tribe lobbyist Helo Hancock said he couldn’t provide more details.

Matheson has contended his firing was politically motivated.

He was elected in 2007 to the council, finishing his term last year.

Matheson, whose phone number is unlisted, said Monday in the statement he was grateful for another opportunity.