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New Hanover liquor board seeks lower-paid CEO

Posted January 21, 2010

— The New Hanover County liquor board, which paid its administrator nearly $280,000 a year to manage its stores, plans to pay less than half that amount to his replacement.

The county's Alcoholic Beverage Control board will soon advertise for the successor to retiring administrator Billy Williams, who will leave the ABC system late next month after working nearly 42 years there.

Williams is a high school graduate and former liquor store clerk whose yearly salary and bonuses reached nearly $280,000. His son, Bradley, collects $135,000 a year as his assistant.

The ABC board now wants someone with a college degree and management experience. The top salary for the new manager would be $130,000, plus benefits.

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  • southern wisdom Jan 21, 2010

    Corruption trumps education.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 21, 2010

    Yes. PRIVATIZE NOW!

  • karimquick Jan 21, 2010

    THE STATE SELLING LIQUOR IS A COMPLETE FARSE AND MOCKERY. HIS SON WAS HIS ASSISTANT.....$135,000....WHAT WAS THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THAT POSITION, MIDDLE SCHOOL....WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE.

  • froggytroat Jan 21, 2010

    I'll do it for 80%, that's a pretty big pay cut.

  • jayholdim Jan 21, 2010

    WOW - This is crazy that this guy made that much money w/o a college degree!

  • davidbh61255 Jan 21, 2010

    He was just exploiting the system as we know it, he is probably an ok guy this side of the jailhouse bars!! PRIVATIZE!!

  • superman Jan 21, 2010

    Close the stores and let it be sold by retail stores. That would increase profits. All those high salaries would bite the dust. It would also provide more jobs to more people. The County Commissioners might be unhappy when they not getting their kick backs.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jan 21, 2010

    I'd consider it for half the new salary if I still lived there. For 100K I'd move back.

  • Go_APPS Jan 21, 2010

    Where do I apply??

  • Hammerhead Jan 21, 2010

    This is good ol' boy networking at its worst. What a joke this system is.

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