Minnesota Racing Commission Top Official Resigns

Updated: 06/28/2013 7:40 AM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

Another top official has resigned at the Minnesota Racing Commission. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned Assistant Executive Director Mary Manney resigned earlier this week.

A year ago, the executive director retired under protest while there were three investigations happening within the Racing Commission at the same time. When former Executive Director Richard Krueger retired last year, he told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he did not have a lot of faith in Racing Commission Chairman Jesse Overton.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned an employee filed a discrimination complaint against Overton last year, and state officials have not yet released the findings of that investigation.

The attorney for Manney, Sheila Engelmeier, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she has urged Gov. Mark Dayton to not reappoint Overton to a new term as Racing Commission Chairman.

Dayton has until Sunday to make up his mind about Overton's future.

A spokesperson for Gov. Dayton tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the governor is still reviewing all of his appointments and no decision has been made on Overton's future yet. The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association supports Overton's reappointment, but there is not the same support for Overton at Running Aces Harness track in Columbus.

The Minnesota Racing Commission regulates horse and card gambling at Canterbury Park and Running Aces.

Combined, gambling at both venues is an industry that brings in more than $100 million a year and employs more than 1,000 people.

We asked Overton for an interview, but he respectfully declined.