Ward Seeks Short Delay in Starting KHRC Job
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 3/28/2012 10:23:11 AM
Last Updated: 3/29/2012 11:40:28 AM

John Ward
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

John Ward Jr., recently hired as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, has asked to begin his new job April 16, not April 1 as previously announced.

Ward asked Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Robert Vance to approve the delay. According to a March 28 e-mail from the cabinet, Ward said he is “still working to comply with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission opinion regarding the divestiture of his business relationships.”

Ward, a Kentucky-based trainer, had asked the ethics panel for an opinion on whether his accepting the KHRC job is a conflict of interest. He was cleared but the commission during a hearing outlined standards for Ward and his wife, Donna, also a trainer, to follow.

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