Former FPPC exec becomes tribal administrator

California’s former chief political law and ethics watchdog has gone to work for one of the state’s most prominent gaming tribes, succeeding someone fired in connection with a fraud scandal.

Roman Porter, former executive director of the Fair Political Practices Commission, is now tribal administrator for the United Auburn Indian Community, where he’ll oversee a tribal government staff of 115 administering services for tribe members; the community’s elementary school; and cultural resources and environmental protection programs.

United Auburn owns Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln.

“Roman brings with him extensive experience in governmental ethics,” United Auburn Chairman David Keyser said in a news release. “We welcome Roman as a member of our team, where he will implement consistent ethical standards while ensuring that all aspects of our tribal programs continue to run smoothly.”

The Sacramento Bee last month reported United Auburn had fired tribal administrator Greg Baker, who was named in an IRS court affidavit as being involved in a construction-overbilling scheme that defrauded the tribe of $18.6 million; no charges have been filed.

Porter, 39, said in the tribe’s news release that he’s honored to take the new job. “I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the UAIC to help ensure the continued economic prosperity of the Tribe and the delivery of high quality government services to its members.”

Porter rose rapidly through the FPPC’s ranks, starting as an intern in the early 2000s and later being promoted from communications director to executive director. He announced late last summer that he would leave to seek other opportunities; his LinkedIn profile indicates that since then he has worked with Mobile Commons to identify opportunities to expand that company’s text, cell and mobile web platforms into California, predominately focusing on the political and government arena.

Earlier in his career, Porter had worked at the California Medical Association and as a legislative aide to state Sen. Joe Dunn.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

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