The Monroe County Council is seeking applicants for a vacant position on the Monroe County Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC). This appointment was recently vacated by Eric Schmitz, who, as the newly elected County Recorder, is not able to serve on the commission.
Requirements for the position are:
- At least 21 years of age
- Have been a resident of the county for at least 5 years immediately preceding the appointment
- Must never have been convicted of a felony
- Must have a “good moral character” (yes, that is the language in the statute)
The full statute governing the appointment can be found here: IC 7.1-2-4
The function of the local ABC is to investigate alcoholic beverage permit applications, including applications for new permits, renewal of existing permits, and transfers of ownership and/or locations of a permit. All ABC meetings are advertised, open to the public, and subject to Indiana’s Open Door laws. The ABC then makes a recommendation to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, which has final authority on permit decisions. A full list of duties of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission and local Alcoholic Beverage Commissions can be found in the Local Board Handbook.
Local ABCs have 4 members: one appointed by the county commissioners, one appointed by the county council, one appointed by the mayor of the largest city, and one representative of the Indiana Excise Police.
Our current members are:
- Perry Metz, County Commissioners
- Fred Turner, Mayor of Bloomington
- Lonnie Gibson, Excise Police Officer
The application form can be found on the Monroe County Council web page. If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please apply ASAP!