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New Hanover ABC administrator will retire

Posted January 5, 2010 4:07 p.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2010 5:53 p.m. EST

— 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.