Resorts Casino Hotel is getting more time to name a replacement for its late chief executive officer, Dennis Gomes.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has granted a 60-day extension, to Oct. 23, following a new management agreement that will see the Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun take over the day-to-day operations of Resorts.
Under New Jersey casino regulations, Resorts originally had 120 days to select a new “permanent” CEO to replace Gomes after his Feb. 24 death of complications from kidney dialysis. His son, Aaron Gomes, Resorts’ executive vice president of operations, has been fulfilling the CEO duties on a temporary basis.
The first deadline for naming Gomes’ replacement was June 25, but the Division of Gaming Enforcement granted a 60-day extension, to Aug. 24, when Resorts was in the midst of negotiations with Mohegan Sun for the management deal. Resorts and Mohegan formally announced the agreement on Aug. 7.
Lisa Spengler, a division spokeswoman, confirmed Monday that another extension has been approved through October to give Resorts and Mohegan Sun more time to implement the management plan. The division must give final regulatory approval for the plan, which is expected to begin this fall.
Sherry Amos, vice president of marketing at Resorts, also confirmed the latest deadline extension, but did not comment further.
The Indian-owned Mohegan Sun will operate Resorts as well as invest an undisclosed sum and become a minority owner of Atlantic City’s oldest casino as part of the management deal.
Mohegan Sun also plans to launch a marketing program that will allow customers at Resorts, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs racetrack casino in Pennsylvania to use their rewards points for lodging, dining and entertainment at all three properties.
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