- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed an Anchorage municipal prosecutor to lead the agency that regulates Alaska’s liquor industry.

Cynthia Franklin will succeed Shirley Cote (koh-TAY’) effective Sept. 22. Cote stepped down earlier this year.

Concerns have been raised about the direction of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. For years it fell under the Department of Public Safety but was moved by lawmakers to the Department of Commerce in 2012. Some, including Cote, have questioned whether the board was losing sight of its enforcement responsibilities.

Lawmakers, in approving the bill, made clear the change was not to restrict or change the board’s enforcement responsibilities. Parnell, in citing concerns that had been raised, reminded the commissioners of Public Safety and Commerce about this.

Franklin has been part of the board’s stakeholder group.

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