The attorney who serves as executive secretary of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission has been promoted to chairwoman of the commission, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday.
Jessica Allen, who rose through the ranks after joining the state agency as commission counsel in 2014, will succeed longtime chairman David Cook, who Holcomb last month appointed Indiana inspector general. Cook officially began his service as inspector general Monday, succeeding Lori Torres, who was named chief deputy and chief of staff to Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita.
“Jessica’s years of experience with the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, and working with the tutelage of Dave Cook, has prepared her well for her new role,” Holcomb said in a news release. “I’m confident under her leadership the commission will continue to ensure fair and just proceedings, protect public health and safety, and maintain strong relationships with the business community.”
The commission regulates and licenses the alcohol and tobacco industries and directs the Indiana State Excise Police. Before joining the ATC, Allen served as a deputy prosecutor in Marion County and as an assistant city prosecutor for Indianapolis. She earned an undergraduate degree from Butler University and a law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.