Selection of Utah's liquor chief in doubt

Dec 29 2011 - 2:53pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's liquor control board says it's having a hard time selecting an executive director to replace a former chief who resigned amid conflict-of-interest allegations.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( some board members say it's not the right time to hire a new director with state lawmakers debating a makeover for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Gov. Gary Herbert has said he wants to bring the department under his direct control. It currently operates as an independent agency that answers to the alcohol commission.

Sen. Jon Valentine of Orem says the last time the agency was under a governor's control in the 1970s, it was stocking the governor's mansion with free cases of liquor.

This year, auditors found that agency employees had been manipulating bids for decades and skirting state rules.


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