Alcoholic Beverage Control
New commissioner named for Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 04, 2009  
Contact Information:  Dick Brown 502-564-7760  

FRANKFORT, KY – (May 4, 2009) – Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Robert Vance today named Tony Dehner to head the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Dehner will serve the remainder of a four-year term that began Jan. 1, 2009. He fills the position held by Norman Arflack whose term expired Dec. 31, 2008. Dehner is scheduled to begin his new position May 16, 2009.

For the past 15 months Dehner, 61, has served as the director of the Division of Insurance Fraud Investigation in the Department of Insurance. Dehner has more than 30 years experience in the judicial and criminal justice system, serving in various positions including assistant director of community corrections for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) in charge of the juvenile detention center, and interim director of LFUCG community corrections in charge of adult and juvenile detention and adult probation. He was the first director of the Administrative Office of the Courts’ pre-trial services agency for the 22nd Judicial District. Dehner also initiated the night court mediation program and truancy hearing program and was a hearing officer for both.

“Tony’s many years of investigative and mediation experience will help focus ABC as it continues to accomplish its statutory purpose to protect the public welfare and interest by regulating the alcoholic beverage industry through licensing, education and enforcement of the pertinent laws and regulations,” said Sec. Vance. “I am excited to have Tony leading this agency and look forward to seeing even greater results from an agency that continues to do great things for the people of the Commonwealth.”