AUSTIN (AP) – The acting director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has resigned after barely a month on the job amid continued criticism that the agency took taxpayer-funded trips to Hawaii and San Diego.
Ed Swedberg’s resignation follows the Texas Tribune reporting on those trips and ties between the agency and the beverage industry it regulates.
Swedberg became the commission’s acting executive director in May, following Sherry Cook’s resignation.
Agency spokesman Chris Porter said Swedberg resigned effective Monday in a letter Friday, but gave no official reason. Swedberg said the commission hopes to name a full-time director in coming months.
The agency has had several officials leave following the Tribune’s reporting, which included a flier for one conference featuring Cook’s picture with a bottle of Lone Star beer superimposed on her hand.