The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians recently held its tribal council elections leading to Jeff L. Grubbe Chairman of the federally recognized tribe based in Palm Springs, California.
Grubbe replaces the much-respected Richard M. Milanovich who passed away on March 11 and who was chairman for the last 28 years, serving on the tribal council since 1978.
Grubbe brings years of experience from within Agua Caliente business enterprises and government. He’s been a tribal council member since 2006 and was vice chairman since 2007. According to a tribal press release Grubbe served on the Agua Caliente Child Development Committee, the Agua Caliente Election Board, the Gaming Commission, and the Tribal Building Committee. He worked with the Agua Caliente Development Authority since 2003 and was a tribal intern with the Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in 1999.
Grubbe said he is “humbled and honored to be elected to serve as Chairman for the Tribal Council, and will continue to follow tribal traditions of strong leadership, determination and compassion.”
Other council members elected were Vincent Gonzales III, secretary/treasurer; Anthony Andreas III, member; and Jessica Norte, member.