TABC executive director stepping down

AUSTIN - The executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is stepping down days after controversy surrounding a flyer came to light.

TABC said in a release Monday afternoon that Sherry Cook will retire from her position May 23. The flyer, first reported by the Texas Tribune, shows Cook and her colleagues drinking on their way to a conference. The Tribune brought to light how TABC executives have been flying across the country on the taxpayer dime to attend conferences largely funded by the alcohol industry.

"It became clear that action needed to be taken to in order to restore trust in the agency and Ms. Cook’s resignation is the first step in that process,” said John Wittman with Gov. Abbott’s office in a statement.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure serving the people of Texas for all these years,” said Cook. “I want to thank all of the employees and peace officers at TABC for their hard work, dedication and support. I’m very proud of all they have accomplished keeping Texans safe and regulating a growing industry.”

TABC said the three-member commission will discuss appointing Cook’s successor at their May 23 meeting.

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