Pay for next ABC CEO: $84,000 to $130,000

Reported by Scott Saxton - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The next Chief Executive Officer of the New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control system will make between $84,000 and $130,000 annually, based on experience.

The issue of CEO pay became a thorn in the side of the New Hanover County commission and members of the ABC board in recent months, after it became publicly known.  Retiring administrator Billy Williams earns a salary of $232,000 annually, making him the highest paid administrator in the state.  Williams plans to retire at the end of next month.

Three members of the ABC board resigned after pressure from the New Hanover County Commission, which appointed them.   Some commissioners have publicly opposed such a lofty salary for the public position.

The county will publish a job ad for the soon to be empty position Sunday.  The hiring range lists the salary as negotiable between $84,000 and $130,000 with a competitive benefits package.  Williams earned a bonus of up to $30,000.

The high range of the CEO job is slightly more than the salary of Bradley Williams, who is the son of Billy Williams and also a high-ranking official with the New Hanover County ABC.  Bradley Williams earns $115,000 annually, on top of his $20,000 bonus.

The job requires a bachelor's degree and eight years related experience.

Applications are due to interim Board Chairman Bruce Shell by February 12th.

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