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Michael I. Halfacre, Acting Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Michael I. Halfacre
Michael I. Halfacre was appointed as Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control by Governor Chris Christie. He began his work as Acting Director on February 6, 2012 and, after New Jersey Senate confirmation, was sworn in as Director on March 30, 2012.  

Prior to coming to the ABC, Halfacre served as mayor of Fair Haven. He took office in the Monmouth County borough in 2007 and won reelection in 2010. In addition to his role as mayor, Halfacre ran his own law practice, where he specialized in transactions, including sales and refinance of real estate and transfers of ABC licenses and worked as a municipal prosecutor in nearby Little Silver and Rumson, where he argued for convictions for drunk drivers and adults who provided alcohol to underage drinkers.

As mayor of Fair Haven, Halfacre lowered property taxes every year from 2008 to 2011. He spearheaded the town’s efforts to share police and emergency dispatching services with Monmouth County, which saved $100,000 annually. He also increased recreational opportunities in Fair Haven by hiring a full-time Recreation Director, paid for completely by program fees. Prior to becoming mayor, Halfacre served on the borough’s Board of Education and was the board’s attorney for 10 years.

The lifelong resident of Fair Haven has a strong connection with his hometown. He has served on the boards of the Fair Haven Community Appeal, the Fair Haven Education Foundation and Fair Haven Parents for Parks. He was an affiliate member of the Fair Haven Fire Company.

During his work as a lawyer, he has served as a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services and the Monmouth Bar Association.

Halfacre earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Florida State University, where he was the co-captain of the varsity swimming team. He later earned his law degree from the University of Dayton. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1991. He is married to Tricia, and has three children: Ellie, Matthew and Marshall.

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