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Aug 3, 2021

TABC Appoints Brandy Norris To Oversee Texas’ Third-Largest State Police Force

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has appointed a longtime peace officer to head up day-to-day operations of Texas’ third-largest state police force. Brandy Norris was named TABC chief of law enforcement at the Commission’s Aug. 3 meeting. Norris, who first joined the agency in 2020, succeeds Victor Kuykendoll, who was recently promoted to deputy executive director for TABC's Enforcement Division. Norris is the first female peace officer to serve as chief of enforcement in TABC’s 85-year history as well as the first woman to oversee day-to-day operations of a statewide police force in Texas. Norris joined TABC following a long career with the College Station Police Department, where she retired with the rank of assistant chief in 2020. She began her career as a patrol officer for CSPD in 1997, earning several accolades before her promotion to sergeant in 2005. Norris was later promoted to lieutenant in 2009, overseeing the department’s Internal Affairs division. She was appointed to serve as assistant chief in 2010, with leadership roles in Administrative Services, Operations Support and Operations. Following her retirement from the department, Norris took over as director of TABC’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, where she oversaw efforts to collect intelligence on human trafficking, narcotics trafficking and other organized criminal activity taking place within TABC-licensed businesses. Norris’ appointment as TABC’s chief of law enforcement makes her the first female officer with responsibility over the day-to-day operations of a state police force in Texas, TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “It’s an honor to recognize Chief Norris and her more than two decades of experience in service to Texas,” Nettles said. “I look forward to working with her and Deputy Executive Director Kuykendoll as we help ensure a safe and successful alcoholic beverage industry for all Texans.” “Chief Norris’ decades of expertise and dedication as a public servant and peace officer represent the very best in policing that the people of Texas deserve,” said TABC Commissioner Deborah Gray Marino. “While she is Texas’ first female to head the TABC police force, making this a historic moment for our agency, it is her stellar qualifications that all Texans should be proud of.”  Norris was sworn in at the Aug. 3 meeting of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer

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Aug 2, 2021

TABC Appoints Kuykendoll to Deputy Executive Director Post

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has announced the appointment of a longtime peace officer to serve as the deputy executive director overseeing law enforcement. Victor Kuykendoll was tapped to succeed outgoing Deputy Executive Director Robert Saenz, who retires this month. Kuykendoll previously served as TABC’s chief of law enforcement. Kuykendoll got his start as a TABC Enforcement agent in 2001 following his service as an investigator for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and earned a second promotion to lieutenant in 2012, overseeing the Waco Enforcement Office. In 2014, Kuykendoll was promoted to major, assuming leadership over TABC’s Enforcement agents across North Texas. He was later assigned to the Austin Regional Office in 2017, where he was appointed to serve as the agency’s chief of law enforcement in 2018. “I’m excited to work with Victor Kuykendoll as deputy executive director for law enforcement,” said Bentley Nettles, TABC executive director. “He’ll continue to build upon the foundation laid by Robert Saenz, whose expertise and dedication to public service are appreciated by all of us at TABC.” As deputy executive director, Kuykendoll will oversee more than 200 TABC agents deployed across the state. TABC agents are commissioned peace officers with responsibilities to uphold the Alcoholic Beverage Code and investigate organized criminal activity, such as human trafficking taking place within licensed businesses. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer

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July 27, 2021

TABC Urges Businesses To File 2020 Compliance Reports

Businesses that haven’t yet submitted a compliance report for each of their licensed Texas locations for the Sept. – Dec. 2020 reporting period have until Aug. 1 to file the required reports through the TABC: Compliance Reporting mobile app and avoid further administrative action. Failure to submit your 2020 compliance report may cause your license or permit renewal to be delayed or denied. The compliance reporting period runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 every year. TABC recently issued notices of noncompliance to businesses that hadn’t submitted their compliance report(s). Visit TABC's Compliance Reporting page to get started.

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July 20, 2021

Hall of Honor Nominations Open

Throughout TABC’s history, great leaders and public servants have dedicated their careers to protecting public health and safety while supporting businesses in a vital industry. You can nominate a retired TABC employee, living or deceased, for induction into the agency’s Hall of Honor. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30, 2021.

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July 6, 2021

TABC Reminds Businesses To Submit New License Applications by July 31

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is reminding businesses to submit their applications for an original, or new, license to the agency before a month-long pause in accepting applications begins Aug. 1. The pause must happen for TABC to prepare new technology that will overhaul the way alcohol industry members conduct business with the agency. The pause begins Aug. 1 and will remain in place until Sept. 1. During that time: TABC will be unable to accept new license or permit applications — including applications for new primary licenses, subordinate licenses and supplemental changes. The agency will continue to process applications for new licenses and permits completed no later than July 31. Applications to renew an existing license or permit will not be affected. TABC will accept applications for temporary events. The pause will allow agency staff to migrate industry members’ data from the current system to the new Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS), which launches Sept. 1. Businesses should view specific instructions and deadlines now on TABC’s Temporary Licensing Process webpage. AIMS will usher in a new way of working with TABC that’s easier, more efficient and less disruptive to businesses. Texans will be able to apply for a new license or renew their current license entirely online, replacing an old system that required applicants to submit paperwork directly to a TABC office. Business owners can also more easily track their application status, file reports, print out licensing forms and required signs, and apply for other TABC programs and initiatives. “AIMS will revolutionize the way industry members interact with TABC,” Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “While we’re excited to introduce this new technology to the people of Texas, our first priority is to reduce the overall disruption to businesses as we prepare for these exciting changes.” TABC urges business owners planning to submit an original licensing application to complete their paperwork, as outlined on the TABC 2021 Changes webpages and TABC Rules, and submit payment before July 31. Regular licensing services will resume Sept. 1 using the new AIMS technology. Sept. 1 marks the effective date of several new state laws related to the alcoholic beverage industry, including the merging of multiple license and permit types, as well as changes in malt beverage rules and license fees. To learn more, visit the TABC 2021 Changes webpages. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer

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