OLCC director steps down

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Executive Director Steve Pharo is retiring after more than six years.

Pharo announced Tuesday he is leaving Nov. 16, several months after he resisted a move by Gov. John Kitzhaber to force his resignation.

It’s unclear what effect Pharo’s departure will have on a movement to get the state out of the liquor business or make major changes in the 80-year-old state monopoly on sales of hard liquor. The Legislature has taken up the issue in the past; some critics say they may push for a ballot initiative if the 2013 session does not act.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.

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