The Town’s new Board of License Commissioners is now up and running. The five members of the Board of License Commissioners were appointed by Town Manager, Paul Bockelman, and confirmed unanimously by the Town Council. The Board is a newly formed entity required by the Town Charter. The Board of License Commissioners is responsible for issuing licenses for all alcoholic beverages. The Board is also responsible for the following licenses: inn holders, common victualler, live entertainment, auto dealer, second hand sales, coin operated machine, lunch cart, fuel storage, auction, taxis, keno, keg, collecting and dealing in used articles, pawnbrokers, and retail marijuana and medical marijuana (if licensing is enacted).
The five appointees are:
- Douglas Slaughter of 5 Dwight Circle. Doug brings a wealth of knowledge from his years as a member and Chair of the Amherst Select Board, which had previously served as the Town’s licensing board. Doug has also served on the Amherst Affordable Housing Trust, the Town’s representative to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, and the Town’s representative to the Metropolitan Planning Organization. He is a parent and is an Assistant Football Coach for the Amherst High School Hurricanes. Doug currently serves as Chair for the Board of License Commissioners. Doug explains, “The Board seeks to reflect the community’s values by promoting safety and well-being for the public relative to the licenses issued while at the same time promoting a consistent, fair, and rational process for the license applicants.”
- Gastón de los Reyes of 45 Canton Avenue. Gaston expressed interest in the Commission because he believes that licenses define a town’s business landscape. He has practiced law, both as a litigator and as a transactional lawyer, and is currently a professor of business ethics at George Washington University.
- Marian Walker of 106 North Whitney Street. Marian currently serves on the Board for the Friends of the Jones Library. She expressed interest in this Commission because she believes that licenses can affect overall community health. She has been a Town resident for almost twenty years.
- Hallie Hughes of 30 Orchard Street. Hallie brings a wide array of volunteer experience to this endeavor, having served on: Town Meeting, Co-Chair of the Crocker Farm Elementary PGO, Friends of the Jones Library, and Spring Street Preschool Board. In addition, Hallie is an attorney.
- Robert Paul Musgrave of 29 Rolling Green Drive. Paul is an assistant professor of political science at UMass and holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University. He has authored a book chapter in a peer-reviewed collection about the public opinion dynamics of Americans toward marijuana legalization.
The Board of License Commissioners will be staffed by Steven McCarthy and operate out of the Inspections Office on the second floor of Town Hall.
March 6, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Bockelman, Town Manager