The Department provides the administrative services for the Commission. It investigates all applications for liquor licenses and compiles all the facts and statistics on all the matters before the commission.
The Department has police powers to enforce the liquor laws. It inspects all liquor licensed premises to ensure compliance with the liquor laws and the commission's rules and regulations. It investigates all alleged violations and complaints of alleged violations and reports all violations to the Commission.
The administrative branch consists of the Director, Commission/Department Secretary and Departmental Staff Assistant. This branch provides services to the regulatory and enforcement branches, the Liquor Commission, as well as licensees and the general public.
The enforcement branch is comprised of an Assistant Chief Liquor Investigator who serves as the immediate supervisor, and field investigators who are responsible for conducting daily inspections and investigations on possible liquor law violations. They also assist the licenses to interpret and understand the liquor laws that regulate their particular operation.
Training sessions and workshops for servers of alcoholic beverages will be offered to all licensees. Public information sessions and presentations will be made available to the general public.
Inspectors of liquor licensed premises are conducted daily by the liquor control investigators. Inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with the laws and to assist licensees in preventing violations from occurring.
The regulatory branch is primarily responsible for the licensing process, which involves applications for the fourteen classes of liquor licenses and collecting all mandatory information as required by State law and the liquor commission rules. The regulatory branch investigates all license applications before they are submitted to the commission for disposition. The regulatory branch, in coordination with the enforcement branch, also processes citations for hearing before the commission.