ABC administrator will consider pay cut

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The administrator for the New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Billy Williams, tells WECT that he is willing to look into the possibility of taking a pay cut, after public criticism over his more than $230,000 annual salary.

The New Hanover County ABC Board met in a special session Wednesday to prepare for facing the public during next Monday's county commissioners meeting.  Board members went over possible questions they'll face with their attorney.

County Commission Chairman Jason Thompson said the public hearing Monday will be a chance for residents to tell county and ABC officials what they think about the recent controversies over salaries and expansion project.

The controversy surrounds a published report that revealed two ABC employees earn a combined annual salary of nearly $350,000.  Administrator Billy Williams is paid more than $230,000 a year, while his son, Bradley, brings home $115,000 a year.

"I understand it's a bad economic time, and I hate it, but I didn't make it a bad economic time," said Williams.

After Wednesday's preparatory meeting, Williams said he will also consider retirement, if county commissioners asked him to do so.

Williams said he wants the ABC Board and county commissioners on the same page.

"I hope we can shake hands, not come out fighting, and become friends again," said Williams.  "I like all the county commissioners, and I don't have anything against any of them."

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