Sherry Cook to retire as Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Executive Director amid allegations of misusing agency money

April 19, 2017: Sherry Cook has announced that she plans to retire as the Executive Director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) on May 23, 2017, amid allegations of misusing agency money. TABC officials announced on Monday, April 17, 2017, that Cook plans to retire on May 23. The Commission plans to discuss appointing Cook’s successor at a meeting that is scheduled to be held on the same day. “It has been an honor and a pleasure serving the people of Texas for all these years," Cook said in a statement. "I want to thank all of the employees and peace officers at TABC for their hard work, dedication and support. I'm very proud of all they have accomplished keeping Texans safe and regulating a growing industry." Her retirement occurs after The Texas Tribune reported that Cook and other agency members allegedly used TABC money to travel around the country, attending conferences and staying in “swanky resorts” in Florida and Hawaii. The publication stated that TABC has spent $85,000 for out-of-state travel since the 2011 fiscal year, mostly on liquor industry conferences. Cook and the agency were also questioned last week by the Texas State House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics about spending and the TABC’s failure to produce accurate reports about state-owned vehicles driven by agency members, the Tribune said.

Attribution: The Texas Tribune, The Dallas Business Journal

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