Local NC Liquor Chief's Pension Almost $100K

A local liquor board chief at the core of a controversy over extravagant spending in North Carolina's alcoholic beverage system says he will collect nearly $100,000 annually in retirement.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported Tuesday that New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator Billy Williams said he's gotten state notification he'll receive about $8,300 a month.

Williams said last week he would retire at the end of next month as he reaches 42 years of working for the local liquor board. He has been administrator since 1987.

All three members of the local ABC board resigned after it was reported Williams and his son were paid salaries and bonuses that totaled $400,000 a year.


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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 19, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    This is a piece of the puzzle that shows how corrupt this state government is. I agree with good ole Jethro Bodine, they are way more corrupt than the shine runners. My wife's granddaddy told me one time that he and one of his friends had no choice but to run shine when they were younger, cause they had no work available for them, due to the Great Depression. Perhaps if the government would stop making this liquor operation a state operation, that would save tons of money that could be used to go to other things, like teaching jobs, transportation, and health care.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM
    Chase, IMLOL!!! Maybe they'll come up with a new game show "Obonga!" and the players will wear Obonga masks and have to make decisions of how to deceive the public and how to ruin a country. Tune in and see who's our next $100,000 winner is on Obongaaaa!!!!!!!!
  • by Chase on Jan 19, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    Obongas change you can believe in.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Jan 19, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    "Off with their heads!"
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 19, 2010 at 08:19 AM
    the devil will give wealth to those who enable destruction on society (broken homes, families & individuals) by providing alcohol. but that's all that they will get in this life.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:46 AM
    It would be dfifferent if he had worked all his life and contributed to a 401K but this figure makes all the working people look like idiots. Let him draw Social Security benefits like everyone else and work part time to make ends meet.
  • by newport Location: newport on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    this is such baloney.....you are right store #8, my grandfather worked for bethlehem steel for 51 years and now it is called mittal steel because bethlehem steel went belly up, he is the head electrician for the company there, he has no house payment no car payment just the basics and he can not afford to retire yet because his retirement wont be enough, so yeah they should rethink these peoples retirements, and store #8 you are right if they are dumb enough to give then so be it, but we all have to remember we were the dumb ones who voted in all these democrats and all the worry about sticking up for is the rich. not what is right.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:10 AM
    Granny makes her own "rheumatism medicine". Now you see that the state regulated alcohol system is more corrupt than the old guys running moonshine. Yes, they've been collecting tax on our liquor all this time, to pay guys like this $100,000 per year after they retire. Seems fair to me...NOT!
  • by STORE#8 Location: GREENVILLE on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    Interesting. Doubt if anyone I used to work with is anywhere NEAR that kind of retirement....unless maybe I quit too soon.....oh well. If the state of NC is stoopid enough to have let all this get this far, I say go for it!!!
  • by MIKE Location: Kinston on Jan 19, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    What,Huh, I mean really, come on. We can fix these kind of problems, and hold some people accountable. What is this world coming to.
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