Salvador D. Petilos was appointed as acting director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) in 2012. The DABC has approximately 600 employees and operates a statewide network of stores and contracts with package agencies that sell all alcoholic beverages containing more than 4% alcohol by volume. The department also administers liquor laws, provides alcohol education and manages the licensing of businesses that service, manufacture and distribute alcoholic products to Utah’s consumers. The department strives to cultivate a healthy and safe culture in which alcohol is sold to adults only and is consumed responsibly. In Fiscal Year 2012, retail sales topped $320 million of which over $120 million was returned to the state in the form of contributions to the school lunch program, the general fund and state and local taxes.
Petilos moved to Utah in 1994 to study Political Economy at Utah State University. While at USU he served as a Health Care Policy Analyst for the Institute of Political Economy and instructor in the Political Science Department. Since leaving USU, he has devoted his life to public service. He began his career in state government as an internal auditor with the Office of the Legislative Auditor General. He then joined the Utah Department of Administrative Services Internal Audit Team and eventually progressed to director of Internal Audit. He served as deputy director of the Department of Administrative Services prior to being appointed director of DABC.
Petilos is a graduate of Rutgers College, and Rutgers University. He studied at Fordham University School of Law and engaged in the general practice of law prior to his relocation to Utah.
Outside of work, Petilos is a devoted husband and father of two fabulous, energetic daughters. He is an avid skier and can be found on the slopes with his daughters when his schedule allows.