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Jul 10, 2013 at 4:52 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The former chairman of the Minnesota Racing Commission has stepped down entirely from the agency less than a week after being cleared of allegations he discriminated against and harassed a female employee.

Jesse Overton confirms he submitted a letter of resignation Tuesday to Gov. Mark Dayton's office. Dayton had reappointed Overton to the commission last week, but replaced him as chairman.

The Racing Commission oversees Minnesota's two horse racing tracks.

Overton says he is upset that an investigative report clearing him of harassment and discrimination charges was completed several months ago but not publicly released until last week.

The report found that Overton may have had a "personality conflict" with the woman leveling charges against him but said he did not single her out or interfere with her job.

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