For Immediate Release - September 23, 2011

Treasurer Grossman Names Kathleen McNally to ABCC

Treasurer Cites Vast Expertise in Liquor Licensing Laws in Appointment

Treasurer Steven Grossman today announced the appointment of Kathleen P. McNally of South Boston to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC), where she will serve as one of three Commissioners who oversee all liquor licensing activities in the Commonwealth.

"Kathleen's expertise will be a tremendous asset to the Commission and to the people of Massachusetts. I look forward to her sound judgment in the licensing process and her rigorous enforcement of the Commonwealth's liquor laws," said Grossman. "Kathleen's background in licensing and her past experience with the ABCC give her a unique understanding not only of the legal intricacies of the Commission, but also of the significant public safety impact that is often tied to many of its decisions."

McNally was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December of 1988 and has appeared dozens of times before the ABCC. She has also appeared before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Massachusetts Superior Court in high-profile cases pertaining to state liquor laws. McNally has drafted numerous briefs and legal memoranda related to the licensing of alcoholic beverages, and she served as the Executive Secretary and General Counsel for the Boston Licensing Board from 1997 to 2002. She received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

"I'm proud to have the opportunity to serve the Commission, and I intend to execute my duties with an eye on the law and in the interests of public safety," said McNally. "The ABCC has recently done great work in ensuring an even-handed application of the Commonwealth's liquor laws, and I look forward to continuing in that spirit."

Grossman said that McNally's appointment is in accordance with his policy of professionalizing operations at the Treasury and its agencies and of ensuring that new hires meet strong qualification standards. The Treasury's new hiring policy mandates a strict human resources screening process and prohibits oral job recommendations in favor of written recommendations that are subject to the Commonwealth's public information laws.

McNally joins Chairman Kim Gainsboro and Associate Commissioner Susan Corcoran, both of whom were appointed in 2009, and she will commence her duties on October 7 th. She replaces Robert Cronin, who began his service in 2002.

"Bob served the Commission with distinction, making key decisions that helped ensure safe and responsible enforcement of the Commonwealth's liquor laws," said Grossman. "His deliberations and counsel truly made the ABCC a more impactful and effective agency."

The ABCC is charged with overseeing more than 22,000 liquor licenses each year. This includes the issuance of new licenses, renewal of existing ones, approval of any changes to licenses when legal circumstances warrant, and imposing penalties for violations of the law. The agency also has a team of field investigators that looks into applicants and alleged violations of the Liquor Control Act. Last year alone, this team completed over 2,800 investigations of complaints against licensees.