SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is retiring seven months after Gov. John Kitzhaber's office first asked him to step down.
Steve Pharo (FEHR'-oh) announced his retirement on Tuesday.
The liquor director reports to a five-member commission, not directly to the governor. A Kitzhaber aide asked Pharo to resign earlier this year and he refused. The liquor commission abruptly cancelled plans to vote on firing him in April.
The commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday for the first time with a majority of members appointed by Kitzhaber.
The resignation is effective next month.