Leader of Gov. Riley's illegal gambling task resigns amidst controversy

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The commander of Governor Riley's task force on illegal gambling is resigning.

He is also former Jefferson County District Attorney David Barber.  His resignation is effective as soon as a successor is appointed.

Barber said he felt his work on the task force might be a political disruption since he recently visited a legal casino in Mississippi. There, he won a $2,300 prize.

Barber said he felt the work of the task force was too important to deal with political distractions.