New ABC Chief In Wilmington

A local liquor board that paid father-and-son managers more than $400,000 a year and prompted a study of North Carolina's alcohol sales has picked a new administrator.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported Tuesday that the New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control has hired Dan Sykes, an accountant who managed eight liquor stores in Orange County. Sykes will earn $105,000 a year to manage a network with seven stores that generate about $30 million annually in sales.

Sykes replaces Billy Williams, who collected $280,000 last year. His son was paid $140,000 as the assistant administrator.

The state ABC commission's chief says spending by the two men was part of a "culture of entitlement."

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