John Ward

John Ward

Anne M. Eberhardt

Ward Seeks Short Delay in Starting KHRC Job

The new executive director said he needs to divest some business relationships.

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.