Joseph “Chago” Hale, Jr. was sworn in as Gaming Commissioner #1 during a brief ceremony today. PBPN Tribal Chairman Joseph Rupnick officiated the event. The Gaming Commission is the Nation’s regulatory entity for all gaming enterprises.
Hale won his bid to the four-year position after receiving the majority vote in a Run-Off Election held on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Hale received 54.3% (341) of the votes, to incumbent candidate Lisa Wamego’s 45.7% (287) votes. This is Hale’s first term as a Gaming Commissioner for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
Hale has most recently been serving as the Nation’s Road & Bridge Specialist, overseeing department operations, initially joining the department in 2015. In January 2021, he completed a term as a member of the Casino Board of Directors. Hale was also previously elected to the Nation’s Tribal Council in 2008.
Hale joins fellow Gaming Commissioners Rey Kitchkumme and Joe Mitchell.
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