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Hassan re-nominates liquor commissioner

State House Bureau

January 16. 2013 10:56PM

CONCORD - State Liquor Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica has been nominated for another term by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The Executive Council will have to vote next month on whether to confirm the Sunapee resident, who has been on the commission since 2010, to the post, which coincides with the governor's term.

The commission came under fire last year for a number of issues, including the alleged loss of cases of wine and hiring a lobbyist to help kill a bill that would have allowed grocery and convenience stores to sell liquor.

That prompted former House Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, to name an investigative committee to study the commission last summer and fall.

Other allegations emerged as the House committee did its work, including alleged bootlegging, favoritism, the mishandling of a lucrative warehousing bidding process, ignoring liquor commission rules and state law, and significant tensions within the agency.

If Mollica is confirmed, his salary will be $93,812.

Hassan also nominated Jennie D. Duval of Concord to another term as deputy chief medical examiner.

If she is confirmed, her salary will be $124,705.

Duval has held the post since 2001.

Hassan also nominated Michael Gatsas of Manchester to another term on the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission.