ABC salaries the topic of discussion at heated County Commission meeting

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Submitted: Tue, 12/08/2009 - 4:17pm
Updated: Mon, 03/05/2012 - 4:21pm

The New Hanover County Commission appoints the ABC Board members, who in turn, hire its employees. Monday night, an ABC Board member admitted that raises for two of its administrators were excessive; especially given the economic climate. Steve Culbreth, a member of the New Hanover County ABC Board, answered questions from commissioners about salaries of two of the board’s employees. "As we told them, the raise that we gave Mr. Williams at the end of the fiscal year was inappropriate given the fiscal situation," said Culbreth. ABC Administrator Billy Williams makes more than $230,000. His son, Brad, pulls in more than $115,000 per year. While the county has required mandatory furlough days for its employees, and has cut positions, the ABC employees got at least a 6% raise last fiscal year. There are seven ABC stores throughout the county, and according to the board, they are the second most profitable in the state; justifying the substantial yearly pay. "I think they’re making a good salary, but if not we’ll look in to it," added Culbreth. The commission recommended having a yearly meeting to review the ABC Board’s operating procedures. Some area residents were not happy with that recommendation. Michael Dell said, "We were actually sort of disappointed, or I was disappointed with this meeting." Dell is a resident near 17th and Castle streets. ABC purchased that land, but has yet to expand its store that neighbors Dell’s property. Dell, and other nearby residents, would like to see the board re-evaluated. "I don’t know if the question is with Billy Williams salary. Its that this board, a board which is appointed by the county commissioners, is allowed to just be over-run," Dell added. The commissioners will meet with the ABC Board again in ninety days. The commission also recommended the board look at procedures in terms of hiring people who are related. On another note, Jason Thompson was appointed the new chairman while Jonathan Barfield was appointed new vice chair.

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10 Comments on "ABC salaries the topic of discussion at heated County Commission meeting"

2015 years 8 months ago

You have got to be kidding. He oversee 37 employees, and the lowest employee makes $50,000.00. I will bet to get a job their you either have to be a family member (cousin, aunt, uncle, wife, son, etc). Or they know the family very well. There are people at he hospial who make life and death decisions everyday and do not make as much as this guy and his son.

Plus, this is a monopoly, there is no competition, of course they are going to make money. The whole board needs to be thrown out, and my understanding is they can’t be, the only way they can be thrown out, is if they break the law. Another “Good Old Boy” network here in Wilmington.

So much for capitalism, welcome to a Totalitarian democracy here in Wilmington.

2015 years 8 months ago

if you think this is only happening in Wilmington, then I have a LOVELY bridge that id like to sell you.

2015 years 8 months ago

The lowest paid employee at the ABC makes 25,000. Not 50,000.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why not just get government out of it all together? This is what happens when capitalism is not allowed to work. Just wait until they control your health and well being

2015 years 8 months ago

Why did the NHC Commissioner not insist that the Williams duo’s salary be lowered to match the highest in the state? They just said it is too late.

2015 years 8 months ago

Nepotisim at its finest…

2015 years 8 months ago

send a message. Buy your spirits in Brusnwick or Pernder counties.

2015 years 8 months ago

I have too many friends without a job, laid-off, etc. to find out that these 2 relatives are basking in what I feel is money that could have been used to save a job. Not to mention nepotism! How about that 6% raise. I’m a state employee and our salaries are frozen for 2 years. Please inform me when there’s a job opening. I’ll put in my application ASAP! By the way, my son has been laid off. Maybe we can come as a package deal.

2015 years 8 months ago

Bradley gets a 115,000 salary and now a 20,000 bonus for unloading trucks. Culbreth failed to mention the bonus money at the NHC meeting. I would write more, but I had better go take my blood pressure medicine.

2015 years 8 months ago

The CEO at WHA that got the DUI needs to apply at ABC that way he’ll be able to get his alcohol free. The board can split his salary with the 65 employees left at WHA.