Top Official Alleges Misconduct at Minn. Racing Commission

Updated: 11/20/2012 10:29 PM By: Jay Kolls

Retired Racing Commission Executive Director, Dick Krueger, sharply criticized the current Commission Chairman. Krueger retired last month. In an exclusive interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Krueger alleges misconduct, an abuse of power and a hostile work environment exist at the Racing Commission.  Krueger says current Commission Chairman, Jesse Overton, is at the center of a lot of management problems at the Commission.

Krueger says in August, Overton attended one, and was aware of at least three, secret meetings with several other Commission members. Krueger says it is a violation of state law and is especially egregious because shortly after those meetings, two of his employees were targets of a state investigation at the behest of Commission Chairman, Jesse Overton. Krueger says Overton's acceptance of the secret meetings and the subsequent investigations were unwarranted and Overton's actions were an abuse of power directed at the two women who are under investigation, the Commission's Chief Veterinarian and the Assistant Executive Director who remains on paid leave during the probe by the Minnesota Management and Budget Office.

Krueger says he wrote a two-page letter to Governor Dayton's Office outlining these violations of state law and abuse of power allegations, but he did not get a chance to meet or talk with Dayton staffers who told him meetings were not necessary. Both of the investigations are still unresolved. We tried, unsuccessfully, three times to reach Commission Chairman Overton for a response to our story. Governor Dayton's Office also declined to comment because the investigations are still open.