Choctaws want to hire ex-gaming regulator to run casino resort

A former state gaming regulator is in the running to oversee the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians' casino resort near Philadelphia.

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

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 to 1998. 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 "Chuck" Miller, who resigned in August.