Sources: Embattled liquor regulator to resign

Sherry Cook, the embattled executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, is expected to announce her resignation as early as Monday, sources with knowledge of the decision say.

Sources inside both state government and the alcohol industry said an announcement of her departure was imminent. TABC spokesman Chris Porter would neither confirm nor deny that Cook was resigning.

The expected move comes after The Texas Tribune reported that Cook and others at the agency had been jet-setting across the country on the taxpayer’s dime to attend conferences largely funded by the alcohol industry.

It also comes after Cook and other top TABC honchos got a brutal grilling last week before the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics about the spending controversies and the agency’s failure to produce accurate reports about the state-owned vehicles the top brass has been driving.

John Wittman, a spokesman for Gov. Greg Abbott — who appoints the commissioners who oversee the TABC — said Cook’s departure would help the agency get back on solid footing. 

Go here to read the complete story from The Texas Tribune.

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