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A state lawmaker and Northern Arapaho tribal member has been named the assistant CEO of the Wind River Hotel and Casino as its current leader's contract is about to end.

Andi Clifford, the Democratic state representative of House District 33, was named last Monday to the post, a position similar to the casino manager role she previously held.

In a June letter, current casino CEO Jim Conrad said Clifford would have the same authority he has.  

"Andi has previously shadowed me and in my opinion is the most qualified Northern Arapaho Tribal Member that is willing and able to do the job," he wrote. "We are excited to have her rejoin our organization."

Clifford previously worked at the casino as the highest-ranking Northern Arapaho tribal member until last year. She was being groomed to take over for Conrad but told the Riverton Ranger last year that she needed a few more years of experience before taking over.

The announcement comes before Conrad's contract expires on June 30. A divided Northern Arapaho Business Council voted last month to not offer Conrad a new contract

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The casino is Fremont County's largest employer.

Clifford didn't immediately return messages seeking comment on Friday afternoon.

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