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Gov. Bevin appoints Commissioner of Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Appointment is a decorated veteran

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 11, 2016) — Lt. Col. (Ret.) Steven Edwards has been appointed Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), Gov. Matt Bevin and Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet David A. Dickerson today announced. His appointment is effective March 9. Edwards replaces Freddie Higdon, who resigned.

Edwards, a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, is a decorated veteran who earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, along with numerous other military honors.

“My significant supervisory, management and overall leadership experience in the military and civilian sectors will prove valuable in my new role as ABC Commissioner,” said Edwards. “I want to thank Gov. Bevin and Secretary Dickerson for this opportunity.”

Edwards has 30 years of experience as an attorney; most recently, he was the division chief for claims at Fort Knox where he supervised staff who handled claims filed against the Army in part of Kentucky and all of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Previously, he served as the distilled spirits administrator and a board member of the ABC Board.

“Steven Edwards is known and respected within Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage industry,” said Dickerson. “His leadership abilities, as evidenced by his successful military career and his knowledge of the law, will be assets to the department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.”

Edwards’ military career includes a 2003 deployment to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division during Phase 1 of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Edwards also served Chief of the Office of de-Ba’athification for Mosul, Iraq.

Edwards earned his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University. His Law Degree is from The University of Louisville School of Law. He resides in Prospect.