State News

New Hanover alcoholic beverage administrator retires

Posted June 11, 2010 10:40 a.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2010 1:06 p.m. EDT

— The operating manager of the New Hanover Alcoholic Beverage Control office in North Carolina is retiring after questions were raised about his salary and bonuses.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that Bradley Williams, 36, retired earlier this month. Chief Executive Dan Sykes said Williams stepped down June 1 after taking a long sick leave.

Williams worked for his father, former administrator Billy Williams, for 15 years before the elder Williams retired in February.

A WRAL Investigates report in November found that Billy Williams was the highest-paid ABC administrator in the state. His son earned nearly $141,000, including a bonus and longevity pay.

The three members of the ABC board members that set the Williams' salaries resigned in January hours before county commissioners were to discuss their salaries.

Gov. Bev Perdue and state lawmakers started reviewing the state's ABC system in the wake of those reports and another highly publicized scandal involving the Mecklenburg County ABC Board.

On Tuesday, a state House of Representatives panel approved a slew of changes to the ABC, including pay limits and a ban on employees directly supervising their relatives.

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Information from: The StarNews