Phillip Sanchez was appointed as Director for the New Mexico Alcoholic Beverage Control Division in August of 2023. He previously served as the Division Counsel for NM ABC, starting with the agency in June of 2019. During his time with the agency, he has been responsible for providing legal analysis of proposed legislation and promulgating administrative rules in relation to passed legislation, as well as assisting division staff, law enforcement, and licensees in navigating the NM Liquor Control Act. Prior to joining the agency, Mr. Sanchez served as a prosecuting attorney for the State of New Mexico from 2012 to 2019, prosecuting a wide range of crimes from misdemeanors to first degree felonies.