LARSON REAPPOINTED AS IOWA ABD ADMINISTRATOR
Governor Branstad has reappointed Stephen Larson as the Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (Iowa ABD) for a second four-year term. Larson began his first term May 1, 2010, after being appointed by former Governor Culver. During his tenure, Larson has been dedicated to increasing transparency and accountability while improving the quality of service for Iowans. He is the Chairman-Elect of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association and a member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators. “After taking over the division in 2010 after the State Auditor’s office found numerous deficiencies and mismanagement, Steve Larson has displayed strong leadership in turning the Alcoholic Beverages Division around,” said Branstad. “I’m pleased his well-deserved reappointment has been confirmed by the Iowa Senate and am confident he will continue to be a strong asset in our administration.” Throughout his first term Larson implemented initiatives including policies and procedures for enhancing customer service, improving efficiencies and space utilization, initiating education and outreach programs, renewing the alcohol compliance program, and increasing transparency. He has also focused on revitalizing the agency’s relationships with partners such as licensees, other state agencies, prevention groups, trade associations, industry partners and local law enforcement officials. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the State for four more years and will continue to carry out those goals set forth by the Governor to bring the Iowa ABD into the future,” said Larson. “I will continue to focus on the core functions of regulation, licensing and distribution while implementing strategic initiatives to increase efficiencies, advance technologies and improve customer service.” A native of West Burlington, Larson’s career in public service dates to 1984, when he began working for the state treasurer’s office. He has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, treasury management and governmental relations. Larson has served on numerous boards and commissions including the State Appeals Board, Vision Iowa, and the Iowa Accountability and Transparency Board. Notable achievements include the 2007 Presidential Distinguished Services Award for Outstanding Service, Golden Dome awards on Dedication to Process Improvement and Leader of the Year in 2003. Larson graduated with honors from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, with a B.A. in Business Administration.