Investigation clears Racing Commission chair

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The chair of the Racing Commission has been cleared of allegations that he harassed a woman because of her gender.

An investigative report provided Wednesday to The Associated Press found Jesse Overton treated all employees the same, and did not single out the woman due to her gender. The name of the woman who lodged the complaint has been redacted from the report. The report is dated March 1.

Overton was reappointed to the Racing Commission this week, but was replaced as chairman.

Gov. Mark Dayton was not apprised of the report’s findings prior to the appointment. Officials had confirmed Overton was being investigated, but the nature of the probe was not revealed.

The racing commission oversees Minnesota’s two horse racing tracks, also home to poker and card game clubs.

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