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New Hanover ABC administrator will retire

Posted January 5, 2010
Updated January 12, 2010

— The embattled administrator of the New Hanover County Alcohol Beverage Control board will retire next month, County Manager Bruce Shell said Tuesday.

Billy Williams, who has been with the board for more than 40 years and is the highest-paid ABC administrator in the state at a salary of $232,000 in the 2009-10 fiscal year, told the board about his intentions to step down last year, board member Stephen Culbreth said.

The paperwork for a retirement takes awhile to process, Shell said, explaining that he got Williams’ letter on Tuesday.

Williams and his son, Bradley Williams, both serve on the New Hanover board. The pair has been under scrutiny for the level of their pay and bonuses. In 2009-10, Bradley Williams collected a base salary of $115,500. Both men got five-figure bonuses in each of the past four years, documents show.


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  • lkanzig Jan 6, 2010

    the mafias are not even that daring!

  • familyfour Jan 6, 2010


    The bonuses were more than many folk's yearly income.......

    And Uncle Sam pats them on the back, and says Do it again!!!!! Do it again!!

  • UNC1985 Jan 6, 2010

    Hope several folks from the 'fancy' dinner had desingated drivers!

  • T-Man Jan 6, 2010

    "So what else is new with STATE EMPLOYEES"

    Ahh, so teachers, cops, etc MUST be in on it too right? Come on!

    "My bet is ALL of these ABC board members, commissioners, RIDICULOUSLY PAID positions are Democratic Party supporters and these outrageous salaries funded by kind and generoud NC"

    That's just too funny on it's own, I don't need to add anything!

  • unc70 Jan 6, 2010

    I don't know the party of the NHC ABC Board members, but they were appointed by the NH County Commissioners, which I believe is currently 4-1 Republican majority. Hard to blame this on Bev or on just the Dems. The issues with these local fiefdoms involves members of both parties.

    Most of the other "facts" posted about private vs public, how it is better up North, laws affecting ABC boards and employees, disposition of profits, and most everything else -- they are wrong, misleading, misinformed, and generally clueless. Normal GOLO.

  • Garnerwolf1 Jan 6, 2010

    Politics as usual, graft and corruption. How in the world did a father and son get on the same board? Are there no people of character left anymore?

  • Even Jan 6, 2010

    The economy is bad so these folks selling liquor need to make that kind of money off of the poor folks who have a little please in a drink. They need to run for political office while the their party is still in control. Have some more Kool Aid taxpayers. Keep voting them in.

  • BraveHeart Jan 6, 2010

    man im in the wrong job....

  • Deman Jan 6, 2010

    "The man who oversaw the board should have made 115,000 a year with maybe a bonus of 5,000 if all went well. What he was making was disgusting." -
    The head of the Board was making $3,000 a year. The other 2 members were making $2,400 a year. The guy making the big bucks was not on the Board and not a State employee. With that being said, there are problems with the way the State ABC structure and hopefully something like this will cause the State to fix the real problem.

  • gotitmadecij Jan 6, 2010

    To all the State Employee bashers : So sorry, these are NOT state employees, They are county employees!!!