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Navajo gaming CEO on administrative leave

The Daily Times staff
Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise CEO Derrick Watchman sits at a Navajo Nation Council meeting on July 20 in Window Rock, Ariz.

FARMINGTON — The CEO for the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise has been placed on administrative leave.

Quincy Natay, the tribe's gaming enterprise board chairman, confirmed Derrick Watchman was placed on paid administrative leave in a statement sent to The Daily Times today.

"Interim CEO Derrick Watchman has been placed on paid administrative leave for 60 days. On a personnel matter such as this, we will not have any additional comment," Natay said.

Additional details were not immediately available.

In Natay's statement, Watchman is referred to as interim CEO, but the gaming enterprise's website states Watchman was named CEO in January 2013.

Prior to his placement in the tribal enterprise's top position, Watchman served as the enterprise's chief financial officer, according to the website.

The gaming enterprise operates four casinos on the Navajo Nation, including Northern Edge Navajo Casino in Upper Fruitland Chapter and Flowing Water Navajo Casino in Tsé Daa K'aan Chapter.