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Harness Racing Commission



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Our Mission


The Delaware Department of Agriculture Harness Racing Commission regulates and oversees the sport of Harness racing in the state. Its primary objectives and principles are to protect, preserve, and promote agriculture and horse racing through effective and efficient efforts to prevent and eliminate corrupt practices; ensure fairness in decisions affecting licensees and patrons; ensure due process in administrative proceedings; be attentive to the public and licensees and provide information concerning the industry and commission operations. The commission is also responsible for ensuring that the state and the betting public receive their fair percentages of the wagering dollar by overseeing periodic accounting audits.

 

Background


The Delaware Harness Racing Commission regulates and oversees the sport of harness racing in the state. Its primary objective is to do this in regard to the protection of the betting public. The Commission is also responsible for assuring that the State and the betting public receive their fair percentages of the wagering dollar by overseeing periodic accounting audits. In addition, the Commission monitors the conduct of the entire racing industry and may from time to time, hold hearings to thoroughly investigate any perceived wrongdoings.

The primary goal of the Commission is to eliminate fraudulent activity that would undermine the public trust and bring violators of racing commission rules, regulations, and the Delaware Code to justice.

The key objective of the Commission is to maintain hands-on supervision of all investigative cases involving evidence of race-fixing, horse substitution, illegal medication, bookmaking, touting, sale, use, and possession of CDS, economic crimes, and others. Expose wrongdoers and all things prejudicial to the interest and the sport of horse racing.

 

Members of the Harness Racing Commission


Beth Steele, Chairman
Patt Wagner, Vice Chairman
George P. Staats, Commissioner
Stephanie Liguori, Commissioner
Jack Berberian, Commissioner
Mark A. Davis, Executive Director
Andrew Kerber, Esquire

 

Employment Opportunities


The Delaware Harness Racing Commission (DHRC) is accepting applications for a Chief Veterinarian position. DHRC Veterinarians are employees of the State of Delaware and work every race day and special sampling event days (totaling approximately 160 days/year), and as such are considered day employees with a daily pay rate of $500/day. This position is benefits eligible (includes health care and pension), excluding paid sick and vacation leave. The application deadline is August 27, 2021. Interested candidates, please send resumes to Department of Agriculture, ATTN: DHRC – Mark Davis, 2320 South DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901, or email to mark.davis@delaware.gov.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an auxiliary aid or service, please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance. The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

 

General Public Information


The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems offers confidential assistance to gamblers, their families, and to those who are concerned about a friend or colleague. The Council provides literature, support meeting information, treatment information, and 24-hour help. Speakers are available for community groups and for professional training. HELPLINE 888-850-8888


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