Governor Appoints New DABC Commission Chair

SALT LAKE CITY – Today Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed David Gladwell to serve as the new chair of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) Commission. Gladwell has been a member of the board since 2011. With the recent confirmation of another commission member, the body will now proceed with work by the new audit and licensing subcommittees.
“I am confident this board, under David’s able leadership, will continue to ensure DABC operates in an open, transparent and cost-effective manner,” Governor Herbert said. “David’s past service as a state legislator, as well as a community and business leader, will undoubtedly benefit the state and the agency.”
“I am honored to continue serving with the great members we have on our DABC board in this new appointment,” Gladwell said. “Our plan is to stay the course as we implement prudent practices established by the Legislature in support of Utahns and the growth of our economy.”
After receiving a Juris Doctorate from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 1974, Gladwell gained valuable experience in law and civil service. He served as labor negotiator for the Department of the Air Force and criminal prosecutor with the Weber County Attorney’s Office.
Gladwell was elected to the State House in 1996 and to the State Senate in 2000. He chaired the Judiciary Standing, Education Standing, and Rules committees from 2001-2002, and co-chaired the Economic Development and Human Resources Appropriations committee.
Gladwell will be replacing Dr. Richard Sperry as chair. Sperry will continue to serve on the board. Sperry served as chair of the DABC Board for two years.