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DLLC Leadership Team

Ben Henry

Director

Phone: 602-542-9020

Ben Henry was appointed as Director of the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC) in January 2023.

Previous to Director Henry's appointment, the Arizona native was raised and educated in Phoenix. He previously served as the Deputy Director of Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST), where he served as liaison between the Agency and user agencies, and represented state law enforcement interests.

Ben has over 27-years of (sworn) law enforcement experience, and worked for two of the largest law enforcement agencies in Arizona. These agencies are the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, where he retired as the Chief Deputy and the Phoenix Police Department, as a Commander. The first half of Ben's career was mostly spent in operational divisions, conducting complex criminal investigations and managing crime suppression programs. As he ascended through the promotional ranks, his responsibilities became more administrative.

The latter half of Ben's career was spent mostly in the Human Resource area: dealing with complex budgets, policies and procedures, training, and the wellness and retention of City/County's greatest resource - its employees. Ben has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University and a Master's Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. He also earned a Certified Public Manager designation from Arizona State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.



Wes Kuhl

Chief of Investigations

Phone: 602-542-9072

Email:[email protected]

Wes Kuhl was promoted to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, Chief of Investigations in July 2022. He began his career in law enforcement in 1996 when he graduated from the Phoenix Police Academy, working as a patrol and bicycle officer before joining the DLLC in 2000. He started his tenure with the agency as a Special Investigator on the Community Interaction Unit. This role included interacting with neighborhood representatives, elected and appointed officials, and all law enforcement agencies throughout the state to resolve liquor concerns and enforce liquor laws. Wes was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 and supervised the investigations unit. In 2012, he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA), and was President of the Board in 2016. He served as interim Deputy Director of DLLC in 2014- 2015. In 2019, Wes managed the DLLC's role for the Wrong Way Driver Task Force for the agency, and was assigned to Interim Assistant Director in 2021. Throughout the years, he has also been the Public Information Officer. Wes grew up in Iowa where he graduated from the University of Iowa, studying Spanish and Sociology. In 2002, he received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Western International University. Wes and his wife Chrissy have five children and two Golden Retrievers. When he is not working, you will find Wes with his wife, traveling, volunteering in their children's schools, and in the community.