By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration is making changes in leadership of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
It has decided to move current commissioner Tony Dehner to the department position of distilled spirits administrator.
Dehner will replace Danny Reed, who is not being reappointed.
Dick Brown, a spokesman for the Public Protection Cabinet that oversees the department that regulates the sales of alcoholic beverages, confirmed the changes Friday.
He noted that Dehner’s and Reed’s four-year terms were up at the end of this year. However, they could have been reappointed.
Brown said reasons for changes in non-merit positions are not given. Non-merit employees are politically appointed and serve at the pleasure of the governor.
Brown also said the administration will be seeking a new alcoholic beverage commissioner.
Beshear’s office had no immediate comment on the changes.