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PAUL GEORGE NAMED TO WASHINGTON HORSE RACING COMMISSION


February 1, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

PAUL GEORGE, FORMER UNITED TOTE EMPLOYEE
Paul George, former director of communications for United Tote, Inc. in Billings, was appointed to the Washington Horse Racing Commission Jan. 9 by Governor Christine Gregoire.

George is no stranger to the pari-mutuel racing industry, having served in its ranks in various capacities for more than 25 years.

George worked for the Tote Company - then owned by the Lloyd Shelhamer family - for 12 years. After his retirement, George and wife, Janet, returned to Yakima in 1997 when he was hired as simulcast coordinator for Yakima Meadows, then owned by the Central Washington State Fair Assn. The track ceased operations in 1998.

George was general manager of Yakima Meadows for 13 years, leaving in 1984 to become marketing director of Portland Meadows.

After the 1984-85 season in Portland, George moved to Billings for employment with United Tote.

He joined the Washington Commission after completing a four-year term on the Yakima City Council in December - the last two years as mayor.

George, who was widowed in 1999, has a son and two daughters - all grown - and three teenage grandsons.