(a) The director, with the approval of the commission, may appoint any professional, clerical, technical and administrative personnel, who shall be state employees hired in accordance with article six, chapter twenty-nine of this code, which the director considers necessary to carry out the provisions of this article. Prior to his or her appointment, each applicant for a position shall provide his or her fingerprints and shall undergo a thorough background investigation.
(b) No commission employee may directly or indirectly hold an ownership or a financial interest in any racetrack table game license, or a supplier license, or a management services license, or in a holding company that owns the license, or in a business related to the license for federal income tax purposes, or be an applicant for any of these licenses.
(c) No commission employee may knowingly wager or be paid any prize from any wager at any licensed racetrack with West Virginia Lottery table games within this state or at any facility outside this state or this country that is directly or indirectly owned or operated:
(1) By a racetrack table games licensee that is licensed pursuant to this article; or
(2) By any person who directly or indirectly owns the racetrack table games license.