Executive Director of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission resigns

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The Executive Director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Sherry Cook, submitted her resignation Monday amidst controversy surrounding the agency’s spending habits, according to the Texas Tribune.

After encountering a flyer depicting Cook and three other top TABC officials drinking beer in a plane en route to California, the Texas Tribune launched an investigation into the commission’s finances.

Cook acknowledged to a reporter that the flyer “was a misuse of state resources” before she stepped down.

The investigation revealed that the four seen in the flyer went on vacations at fancy resorts using taxpayer money — the Tribune discovered that just one of their trips to Hawaii cost upwards of $10,000.

In addition to the vacations, the state and Texas Tribune are investigating several cars that could have also been purchased with taxpayer money.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott “welcomed” Cook’s resignation, tweeting Monday, “It’s time to clean house from regulators not spending taxpayer money wisely. This is a good start.”

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