Meet the Commisioner

Fred Wooton has been with the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration for over twenty-eight years. Mr. Wooton began his career with the ABC as an Inspector before being promoted to an Enforcement Agent and later to Enforcement Supervisor. Governor Justice appointed him as Commissioner of the WVABCA on February 18, 2017. 


Mr. Wooton has instructed officers and cadets at the West Virginia State Police Academy on Alcohol Beverage Control laws, rules and regulations since 2004, and for a number of years has served on the Policies and Procedures Executive Committee at the WVABCA. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. 


With the passage of the Resort Bill, this marked the first major change in licensing in over 50 years. Additionally, a Private Fair and Festival – beer, wine and liquor license were implemented. One day charitable beer license, where all nonintoxicating beer must be purchased through their distributor networks become effective. Sunday Sales were implemented during his tenure providing 51 additional selling days a year. Several bonding requirements have been removed to streamline licensing requirements. Since Commissioner Wooton has been in office, a Statewide Brunch Bill has been put into place. He’s a strong supporter of the three-tier system. 


Prior to joining the WV ABCA, Mr. Wooton worked approximately twelve years in the Lodging / Food and Beverage industry in southern West Virginia. Mr. Wooton is a 1984 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Mr. Wooton resides in Beckley with his wife, Debra.