United Auburn Indian Community names new administrator

By: Journal Staff Report
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AUBURN CA - The United Auburn Indian Community has named Roman Porter, former executive director of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, as new tribal administrator. Porter will supervise a tribal government staff of 115 that administers services for tribal members, oversees the tribe?s elementary school in Auburn, and monitors cultural resources and environmental protection programs. ?Roman brings with him extensive experience in governmental ethics,? Tribal Chairman David Keyser said. ?We welcome Roman as a member of our team, where he will implement consistent ethical standards while ensuring that all aspects of our tribal programs continue to run smoothly.? Former tribal administrator Gregory Baker was placed on leave in March and fired last month, soon after Internal Revenue Service investigators filed affidavits in Sacramento?s U.S. District Court alleging involvement in a fraud and money-laundering scheme during construction of the Thunder Valley Casino owner?s tribal headquarters compound in Auburn off Indian Hill Road. Baker?s attorney has said his client has done nothing wrong. ? Gus Thomson