Barber resigns from gambling task force

David Barber
David Barber

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - David Barber, commander of Governor Bob Riley's highly controversial Task Force on Illegal Gambling tendered his resignation to the governor in a letter dated January 13.

Barber's resignation letter stated he'd won $2,300 at a Mississippi casino and, though he'd done nothing illegal, he felt "forces that operate illegal casinos in Alabama will focus on my actions as part of their continuing effort to smear you [Gov. Riley] and your Task Force."

Governor Bob Riley returned a letter dated January 14 saying he regretted Barber's decision to resign, but wanted him to continue in his role until a successor could be found.

The resignation was revealed just hours after Riley's task force won a major victory in the ongoing electronic bingo battle. The governor's office has received an okay from the Alabama Supreme Court to raid Houston County entertainment complex Country Crossing.

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