Utah senator calls for liquor boss’ resignation

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A state senator says the executive director of Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control should resign because of big losses at a liquor store. Republican Sen. John Valentine of Orem says Dennis Kellen should resign because the department failed to alert liquor commissioners about mounting losses at a privately-owned store contracted to sell alcohol in the mountain town of Eden. He says the store lost $300,000. Kellen tells The Salt Lake Tribune that he plans to remain in his position until a replacement is appointed. Gov. Gary Herbert’s spokeswoman, Ally Isom, says Kellen has previously told the governor he plans to retire by the end of the year. Isom says two new liquor commissioners need to be appointed before Kellen can be replaced.

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