Liquor Commissioner

Decide which businesses are given liquor licenses.
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~ $165,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Liquor Commissioners do?

It doesn’t matter what your drink of choice is: Whether you prefer beer, wine, whisky, gin, or vodka, the law requires you to be at least 21 years old to drink it and to have a liquor license to sell it. Liquor Commissioners are in charge of the latter, as their vocation is issuing liquor licenses to local businesses, including restaurants, bars, event venues, and retail stores.

Businesses typically must have two liquor licenses: one from the city and one from the state. As a Liquor Commissioner, therefore, you might be a State Liquor Commissioner or a Local Liquor Commissioner (in which case you might also be the Mayor, as Local Liquor Commissioners often do double duty). Either way, you’re the head of a liquor commission that includes several members who function like the Board Members on a booze-themed Board of Directors.

Under the direction of the Liquor Commissioner and the Deputy Liquor Commissioner, the liquor commission receives liquor license applications, then grants or denies them based on factors such as the type of applicant, the location of the business, and the sentiment of community members. Once an application is granted, the commission then holds hearings in the event of alleged liquor license violations, and imposes fines, suspensions, or revocations if violations are found.

You’re like the Bouncer at a club, only the club is a community and its patrons are businesses. It’s up to you to check IDs at the door, so to speak, to make sure only those who are legally allowed to sell alcohol are serving it.

Should I be a Liquor Commissioner?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Deputy Liquor Commissioner, Local Liquor Commissioner, State Liquor Commissioner

    How to become a Liquor Commissioner

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