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Mayor Adrian Fenty has nominated Peter B. Feather to become the next chair of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the agency that oversees the city’s alcohol administration.
The board is an adjudicatory body charged with approving, suspending, and revoking alcohol licenses. Of late, it has conducted high-profile hearings on violence at area clubs such as H2O Restaurant & Lounge and Smarta/Broadway. It must also approve most changes to liquor licenses, including any expansion of licensed establishments and even the introduction of entertainment there.
If approved, Feather’s term would be slated to last until May 7, 2011.
“Peter will be a welcome addition to the ABC Board as chair,” Delaney says. “He would be able to implement a lot of ideas that would…help ABRA meet some of the agency’s mission and the mayor’s objectives.”
According to his résumé, Feather has spent 10 years in nonprofit governance and 25 years in the corporate sector, including working with Adams Morgan Main Street. Feather, a four-year board member, would succeed Chairman Charles Burger, who joined the board in 2000, Delaney says.
In March, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, who conducts oversight of the board as chairman of the Committee on Public Works and the Environment, called the Burger board “duds, initially,” stating that they were “slow to act” on violence at Club U and Kili’s Kafe & Lounge.
But, he said, the board changed over the years. “Today the board is much more aggressive. Prudent, but aggressive.” Burger could not be reached for comment, but Delaney says that “Chuck was a dedicated a chair who never missed a meeting and always greeted staff with a smile.”