SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- The privatization of liquor in Washington is leaving compliance officers with more ground to cover. The laws changed last June with one exception. The law did not change how many compliance officers check in with stores that sell liquor.
Seventeen officers in Eastern Washington cover nearly 42,000 square miles of territory.
The region includes 350 stores which sell hard liquor and several thousand stores offering beer and wine. Eight of the 17 officers work within Spokane. The Liquor Control Board said they are looking to hire three more employees to cover compliance checks.
Officers said the Spokane region has a 95% compliance rate on underage sales since January 2013. The Washington average hovers around 84% according to the Liquor Control Board.