Associated Press Published

Head of West Virginia Beverage Control Retiring

Ronald Moats

The commissioner of the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration says he’ll retire later this month after 28 years with the state.

Commissioner Ronald Moats joined the agency in 1989 and has been deputy commissioner and director of operations.

He was a senior project manager for then-Gov. Joe Manchin from 2005 to 2010 and an assistant to the director of the Lottery Commission from 2010 to 2011.

According to state officials, under Moats’ guidance the alcohol control agency modernized with an inventory system and a new licensing software system.

He began a program aimed at underage drinking with a drunken driving simulation that has reached more than 35,000 high school students.