Courtesy Citybizlist – The regulators that oversee Baltimore’s 1,360 bars, night clubs and restaurants have serious problems managing the licensing, inspection, and disciplinary action of the liquor industry, state auditors found.

The Board of Liquor License Commissioners lacked written policies in many areas, failed to collect proper documentation, issued licenses before payment was made, did not adequately monitor or evaluate its staff, and staff did not perform as many inspections as they were supposed to, said the 66-page audit report released Wednesday.

“A lot of what they do is informal which leads to inconsistencies in the way things are handled,” said Tom Barnickel, the chief legislative auditor. The audit had been requested by the Maryland General Assembly.

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