OXFORD — A casino scheduled to open later this year in western Maine is coming under fire for going out of state in its search for workers.

The Oxford Casino posted 22 openings on casinocareers.com, including security officers, dealers, a human resources clerk and management positions.

Dennis Bailey of CasinosNO says it’s evidence of what anti-casino activists have been saying since before the 2010 referendum that approved the Oxford Casino – that jobs will largely go to people from out of state.

Casino management counters that it is only looking outside of Maine for people who already have extensive casino experience and still plans to train Maine residents to staff the facility. They tell the Sun Journal it’s also an opportunity for Maine natives to return home.

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