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Top officials out at ABC

January 10, 2014 | Virginia News

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control’s top two officials are leaving their posts today, according to internal agency memos.

ABC board Chairman J. Neal Insley emailed a farewell message to employees Thursday, and a senior agency administrator sent a separate email stating that today would the last day in office for both Insley and Commissioner Sandra Canada. Both internal memos were obtained Thursday by The Daily Progress.

An executive assistant at the agency who served both Insley and Canada said the commissioners had cleared their offices by Thursday afternoon.

“As I prepare to leave my office as chairman,” Insley wrote in his farewell, “I want you to know that no matter where I go, the agency and you, the people of ABC, will remain close to my heart.”

Reached by phone at her home, Canada referred questions to Insley, who did not respond to multiple phone and email interview requests. People inside ABC said the two had been told last week to clear their offices by 5 p.m. today.

Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed both Insley and Canada. A spokesman for Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe declined to comment on possible replacements.

The change takes place as ABC faces possible civil action from Elizabeth Daly, 20, the University of Virginia student arrested last spring after agents mistook a crate of sparkling water for beer purchased underage. That case spurred national outrage as well as internal and state police reviews, leading to Insley’s November announcement of more than a dozen policy and procedural changes. ...

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