Welcome Director of Enforcement and Education Chandra Brady

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January 29, 2021

To:          Licensees and Stakeholders

Fr:           Rick Garza, Director

Re:         Welcome Director of Enforcement and Education Chandra Brady


It is my sincere pleasure to announce the hiring of Chandra Brady to serve as the Liquor and Cannabis Board’s (LCB) new Director of the Enforcement and Education Division.


Proven Leader

After a nationwide search, we found the match we sought right here in Olympia. Chandra (pronounced Shon-dra), most recently served as the Administrator for the Olympia Police Department (OPD). In that capacity, she provided strategic leadership for OPD, oversaw 30+ employees, and the department’s $21 million budget. Her leadership role spanned across divisions with commissioned and non-commissioned staff including: corrections, warrants, records, policy development, contracts, technology, legal, finance, public records and community-based crisis response and outreach. She is a partially-commissioned law enforcement officer and has formerly served as the OPD Jail Manager and as Deputy Chief of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.


Leadership is central to Chandra. She has a history of broad leadership within each organization of which she has been part. In fact, she is currently seeking a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership.


Value Added

“I am very excited about inheriting a division that is at the right time for positive change, said Brady. “I am inheriting an experienced team that I intend to take to the next level by adding value through leadership, consistency, and integrity and steadily improving relationships with the businesses we regulate. Balancing public safety, education, and building trust are the ingredients licensees and the public need to work together in a fair, quality regulatory system which supports revenue generating activity and adds to the economy of Washington State. I am also looking forward to hearing directly from you, our stakeholders, in the coming months.”


Chandra’s first day at the LCB will be Feb. 1, 2021.


Chief Nordhorn to Transition to Director of Policy and External Affairs

With the addition of Chandra, Chief Justin Nordhorn will transition to an important new role as Director of Policy and External Affairs. In that capacity, Justin will be overseeing and working closely with Policy and Rules Manager Kathy Hoffman and her team, as well as the yet to be formed outreach team consisting of existing LCB staff. More work is ahead as we continue to develop an outreach strategy to directly engage stakeholders and licensees to further education, understanding of and compliance with our rules and policies.