Carrie Rengers

Kansas Star Casino GM Scott Cooper retires

Scott Cooper has retired as general manager of the Kansas Star Casino.
Scott Cooper has retired as general manager of the Kansas Star Casino. File photo

There have been several personnel changes at the Kansas Star Casino, including the departure of general manager Scott Cooper.

“I voluntarily retired,” says Cooper, who declines to say how old he is.

“Well, old enough to retire,” he says. “I just thought it was time to move on.”

Cooper says he wanted to take some time off.

“I don’t have any plans to do anything, at least not through the holidays.”

Cooper says the director of facilities also is leaving, and he says there were a few other departures in recent months.

“There were a couple of others before in the last … two to four months,” he says. “Everybody’s that left has left on their own.”

Assistant general manager Dan Ihm is handing the general manager duties on an interim basis.

David Strow, a spokesman for casino management company Boyd Gaming, says everything is fine at the casino.

“Scott retired, so there was nothing more or less to be read into that,” Strow says. “I do want to note that Scott did a great job leading the Kansas Star through its opening and its expansion projects, and we wish him the very best.”

Strow won’t comment on the other departures.

“Look, from time to time people may choose to leave for various reasons,” he says. “I really don’t want to get into that discussion. We do not discuss who may have left (or) reasons for leaving. We simply don’t discuss that.”

Strow says the company generally doesn’t discuss its numbers outside of quarterly calls, but he says the last report “was fairly strong.”

He says the phase two expansion of the 3-year-old casino is almost done.

A 10,000-square-foot meeting space opens this month along with equestrian support facilities, both of which Strow says should help attract more people.

“This is an exciting time for us at the Kansas Star.”

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