Elizabeth Smith to chair Liquor Board in interim

Commissioner Elizabeth Smith, left, pictured with Commissioner Harvey Jones became interim chair of the Liquor Board last week. - Photo by Erik Zygmont

Commissioner Elizabeth Smith, left, pictured with Commissioner Harvey Jones became interim chair of the Liquor Board last week. – Photo by Erik Zygmont

Stephan Fogleman relinquished his position as chair of the Liquor Board last Thursday, handing over the gavel to Elizabeth Smith, who will act as chair.

“I will be acting as interim chairperson until Governor O’Malley decides who is going to be the Liquor Commissioners,” Smith said.

The Liquor Commissioners are a three-person board that decides on all matters related to liquor licenses. The Liquor Board has a judicial arm—the Liquor Commissioners—and an administrative arm, which includes the liquor inspectors and other administrative personnel.

A year ago, Smith told the Fell’s Point Community Organization that there would be “major shakeups” in the administrative arm of the Liquor Board.

The entire organization has been under scrutiny since the release of a scathing audit last year.

Last Thursday, Smith said that she would work to “restore the public’s trust, increase the transparency, and ensure that all the decisions are judicially prudent.”

Fogleman has been appointed to a judgeship in the city’s Orphans’ Court, where he will finish out the term of Chief Judge Joyce Baylor Thompson, and run for a four-year term in the June elections.

by Erik Zygmont
editor@baltimoreguide.com

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