Chandra Brady to Lead Liquor and Cannabis Board Enforcement and Education Division

OLYMPIA – The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) today is announcing that Chandra Brady is beginning her tenure as its new Director of Enforcement and Education. The division is responsible for enforcing state liquor, tobacco, vapor product and cannabis laws and regulations to promote public safety. Officers also provide education to licensees, communities, and local law enforcement agencies. Her first day on the job is today: Feb. 1, 2021.

Ms. Brady was chosen following a nationwide search. She most recently served as the Administrator for the Olympia Police Department (OPD). In that capacity, she provided strategic leadership for OPD, oversaw 30+ employees, and the department’s $21 million budget. Her leadership role spanned across divisions with commissioned and non-commissioned staff including: corrections, warrants, records, policy development, contracts, technology, legal, finance, public records and community-based crisis response and outreach. She is a partially-commissioned law enforcement officer and has formerly served as the OPD Jail Manager and as Deputy Chief of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Enforcement and Education Director leads approximately 180 officers and staff. In addition, the Enforcement and Education Director plays a key role in agency decision making and often represents the LCB with the Governor’s Office, state Legislature and stakeholders.

“LCB officers are the ones who interact the most in-person with over 25,000 businesses statewide,” said LCB Director Rick Garza. “Chandra brings provide proven leadership that will guide her team in the dynamic marketplaces the LCB regulates.”

“I am very excited about inheriting a division that is at the right time for positive change,” said Brady. “I am inheriting an experienced team that I intend to take to the next level by adding value through leadership, consistency, and integrity and steadily improving relationships with the businesses we regulate. Balancing public safety, education, and building trust are the ingredients licensees and the public need to work together in a fair, quality regulatory system which supports revenue generating activity and adds to the economy of Washington State.”

Brady has a history of broad leadership within each organization of which she has been part. She is currently seeking a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership.

Chief Nordhorn to Transition to Director of Policy and External Affairs
Former Chief Justin Nordhorn will transition to a new role as Director of Policy and External Affairs. In that capacity, Nordhorn will be overseeing a newly formed outreach team consisting of existing LCB staff. That team is developing an outreach strategy to directly engage stakeholders and licensees to further education, understanding of and compliance with LCB rules and policies.

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