County commissioners said yesterday the county is considering several candidates to replace departing liquor board Chairman Earle H. Brewer.
Mr. Brewer, who has served on the board since 1988, has resigned to dedicate more time to his Westminster barbershop and hair replacement business.
He was appointed liquor board chairman in October 1990 after the death of Champ C. Zumbrun.
"I was actually going to step off about a year ago," said Mr. Brewer, owner of The Esquire Salon. "Business here has picked up to the point that I can't take the time away from it any longer."
Mr. Brewer said he delayed his decision to leave when liquor board Administrator J. Ronald Lau became ill this year.
He officially resigned from the board at the beginning of September.
"I didn't feel it was appropriate to resign while he [Mr. Lau] was attending to his health needs," Mr. Brewer said.
In his letter of resignation, Mr. Brewer suggested the county commissioners appoint current member William A. Sapp as his replacement as board chairman.
"I'm not trying to pick my replacement," Mr. Brewer said yesterday. "I just felt it was in the best interests of the county because Mr. Sapp is the senior member of the board.
"In case Mr. Lau would continue having health problems, this would continue the continuity of the board."
County Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said he and his colleagues have considered Mr. Sapp's name along with several others.
If the commissioners choose Mr. Sapp to replace Mr. Brewer, they would still need to fill a vacancy on the board.
"We all have our own ideas on that," Mr. Lippy said. "Mr. Sapp's name will be considered. He's a good man.
"We've gone over the names, but we haven't voted formally on it."
In the past, commissioners have asked the board's alternate to serve, Mr. Brewer said.
Westminster resident Wayne Cookson is the board's alternate.
"There are no hard and fast rules," said Mr. Brewer, who was appointed under Julia W. Gouge, John Armacost and Jeff Griffith's administration. "[The procedure] has varied with different commissions."
Serving on the board has "been a great experience," Mr. Brewer said. "I think this particular board has been more business-oriented than past boards. We've tried to assist businesses where we can."
He said he also expects future boards to maintain a tough stance on enforcing liquor laws.
"We've been particularly tough on serving alcohol to minors," Mr. Brewer said. "I think the new board will be also."