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Thursday, June 21, 2012

State liquor commissioner steps down

CONCORD – State Liquor Commissioner Mark Bodi of Portsmouth resigned this week, leaving one year early to “return to the private sector.”

Bodi turned in his letter of resignation to Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council on Monday, and on Wednesday, it became public when the council accepted it.

The resignation is effective July 18.

If Bodi had stayed on, his six-year term would have run through July 1, 2013.

“After considerable reflection, I have decided that now is the appropriate time for me to return to the private sector,” he wrote.

“New business opportunities in the marketing and national wine and spirits industry, as well as my association activities present an irresistible opportunity for me to transition back to private life at this time.”

Two years ago, state prosecutors petitioned to remove Bodi from his job due to his handling of a liquor enforcement case at a bar in Keene.

At that time, all five councilors said they did not conclude he acted illegally or was unfit to serve by injecting himself into a liquor enforcement probe.

They voted 4-1 to scold Bodi in writing for letting political pressure from an influential legislator affect his actions.

The council did strip him of his role as chairman of the three-person commission, cutting his pay at the time by about $8,000 to $90,000 annually.

Bodi and his lawyer tried to disqualify Gov. John Lynch from serving as the presiding officer in this matter.

– KEVIN LANDRIGAN