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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  • by Just My Opinion on Mar 23, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    WOW ! Hire me..I bet I can do it for half price
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    I don't understand. I always thought ABC was just a liquor store. Is it part of the government? Can someone break it down for me?
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Mar 23, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    Does anyone think this will solve the Statewide ABC problem???
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