Politics & Government

Lebanon lawyer named commissioner of Alcoholic Beverage Control

FRANKFORT — Frederick A. "Freddie" Higdon, a Lebanon attorney, will be the new commissioner for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Public Protection Secretary Bob Vance, whose cabinet oversees the department, announced the appointment Friday.

Higdon's appointment is effective March 15 and runs through Dec. 31, 2016. He replaces Tony Dehner, who was appointed distilled spirits administrator. Dehner had been commissioner since May 2009.

Higdon is a partner in the law firm of Spragens & Higdon in Lebanon, where he has practiced since 1976. He was appointed a special justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court in August 2008. He received his law degree from the University of Louisville in 1975 and became a certified public accountant in 1976. He is chairman of the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents.

Higdon said he requested the March 15 starting date to get his personal business in order. He is a cousin of state Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon.