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The Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Administration Director is responsible for directing the activities of the ABC Administration Division by establishing rules and regulations to

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Directs the activities of a small legal and administrative support staff by interviewing and hiring, training, disciplining, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Oversees the receipt of license applications for manufacturers, processors, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, private clubs, and transporters of alcoholic beverages. Directs the issuance, refusal, suspension, and revocation of licenses; conducts hearings, and takes necessary action to govern the traffic of alcoholic beverages. Inspects or directs the inspection of premises where alcoholic beverages are manufactured, distributed, or sold to ensure compliance with the state’s laws and ABC rules and regulations. Communicates with permit holders or their representatives, attorneys, lobbyists, industry members, local and state officials, law enforcement entities, various associations, community and church groups, and the general public regarding the distribution, sale, service, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Contacts other administrative departments of state, county, city governments, or law enforcement entities for information and assistance as needed in the performance of the duties imposed by the state’s laws and ABC rules and regulations. Coordinates related issues with the ABC Enforcement Director and staff. Monitors proposed legislation affecting the ABC Administration Division and prepares or directs the preparation of legislative bills for submission to the General Assembly. Ensures that corresponding rules and regulations are written or revised, adopted, and promulgated to carry out the intent and purposes of state laws; appears before legislative committees to present information regarding new and revised regulations; and oversees the preparation of information related to new legislation and regulations for dissemination to permittees, ABC Enforcement Division staff, and the general public. Consults with members of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association on common interest issues regarding states’ rights regulating the sale, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Reviews and approves requests for purchase of supplies and equipment, monitors and approves expenditures and budget, prepares requests for biennial budget, and authorizes payment of expenses. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of federal, state, and local alcoholic beverage control laws, rules, and regulations. Knowledge of the principles of constitutional law, procedural law, and appellate practice. Knowledge of state purchasing, inventory control, vehicle safety program, accounting, and budgetary and human resource policies and procedures. Knowledge of legal research and writing techniques. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others. Ability to perform legal research and analyze, interpret, and apply legislation and regulations to reach a conclusion regarding a factual and/or legal situation that may or may not be addressed in Arkansas statutory or case law. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written legal documents, decisions, orders, and reports. Ability to communicate effectively with legislative, state, local governmental officials, industry representatives, and various community groups regarding the legislation, rules, and regulations governing the sale and service of alcoholic beverages. Ability to draft legislation and review proposed bills considering the effect of those bills on ABC Administration and Enforcement Divisions and develop and explain regulations to support new or revised legislation. Ability to oversee staff litigation.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus six years of legal experience, including three years in a professional managerial capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201.


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