Industry veteran named to lead state alcohol commission

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A longtime alcohol industry manager has been chosen by Gov. Roy Cooper to lead the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

Cooper appointed Hank Bauer this week as the new commission chairman, succeeding A.D. “Zander” Guy, who resigned in September after serving for over four years. Bauer is a former general manager for Empire Distributors.

The three-member ABC Commission oversees the state’s wholesale and retail liquor distribution. Liquor from licensed distillers is sent to the state’s two ABC warehouses before bottles get shipped to local ABC stores for sale.

The commission has taken heat in recent months for persistent shortages on shelves.

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