|ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR BOYCE HAMLET WAS NOTICEABLY ABSENT FROM THE GOVERNOR'S PRESS CONFERENCE THAT HAD LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY LEADERS IN ATTENDANCE|
A sure sign that Governor Asa Hutchinson has decided that tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet is being replaced is the fact that Hamlet was not invited to be part of his task force to deal with the explosion of violence in Little Rock that is often connected to an establishment licensed by the ABC to sell alcoholic beverages*.
In a press release on July 1st, the Governor stated that "we need to have a comprehensive enforcement strategy..."
And Gov. Hutchinson's remarks at the press conference last Friday specifically mentioned needing to step up enforcement of alcoholic beverage control laws but the director of the state agency that specifically deals with enforcement of alcoholic beverage control laws, ABC Enforcement, was not included or mentioned.
We believe that we know why.
We have exposed Hamlet as a fraud and liar. He is not certified as a law enforcement officer in the state of Arkansas. Those facts pose significant problems for the ABC in enforcement issues as Judge Mackie Pierce pointed out a couple of years ago in a lawsuit involving the release of a Arkansas State Police file Hamlet and other state Republican leaders fought to keep secret.
We have also pointed out that Hamlet is an admitted law breaker and lacks credibility and is untrustworthy.
Hamlet is finally facing the same scrutiny and legal action that the now former Jacksonville, AR Chief of Police did; a lawsuit that seeks his removal and repayment of funds paid to his as salary as he is not qualified to hold the position to which he was appointed.
The Governor fired ABC Administration Director Bud Roberts and it is just a matter of time before Hamlet resigns or is fired too.
Especially as the ABC is going to be knuckle deep in Medical Marijuana regulation and having an individual like Hamlet connected to enforcement of such laws places the entire state at too great a risk.
* See these posts and related articles: