Center for Alcohol Policy Welcomes Former Police Chief and State Alcohol Regulator Jerry Oliver to the Advisory Council

Long-Time Public Safety Official Brings More Than 35 Years of Experience to Foundation

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is pleased to announce former police chief Jerry Oliver as the newest member of the CAP Advisory Council.  As part of the Council, Oliver will work with fellow advisors and the foundation’s trustees to direct the work of the Center and provide advice and counsel about a variety of issues related to alcohol policy.

Oliver brings more than 35 years of experience in the public service and law enforcement sectors.  In his many years of service, Oliver has served as the Assistant Chief of Police in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona; the Director of Drug Policy in Memphis, Tennessee; and Chief of Police in three cities: Pasadena, California; Richmond, Virginia; and Detroit, Michigan.

In 2006, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Oliver as Director of the Department of Liquor License and Control which is responsible for nearly 11,000 licensees.

“Jerry Oliver has been on the front lines of public service in local communities around the country.  He has personally seen the important role alcohol regulation plays – both as a law enforcement officer on the streets and as a state alcohol regulator,” said CAP Advisory Council Chairman Jim Petro, who is the former attorney general of Ohio.  “All of us on the Advisory Council look forward to working with Jerry and learning from his invaluable experiences.”

As a member of the CAP Advisory Council, Oliver will join Petro, Jim Hall (former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman) and Brannon Denning (law professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law).

“I am honored to be joining such a respected group of individuals on the CAP Advisory Council.  I hope my years as a police chief and alcohol regulator will bring a new dimension to the discussion and to the CAP’s projects,” said Oliver.

Oliver completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Public Finance), both from Arizona State University.


The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation.  By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption.  For more information, visit


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