Executive Staff


Deputy Division Chief Eric Hirata has been in law enforcement for 23 years.  He began his career as an Investigator with the Department of Consumer Affairs, then transferred to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in 1996.  He has held assignments as an agent, supervisor, and manager in major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. His leadership in public service warranted selection to administrative assignments in ABC Headquarters.  He served as ABC’s Legislative Officer where he collaborated with stakeholders on policy and legislative matters, and acted as the department liaison to the California State Legislature.  He also served as the Program Manager for ABC’s Grant Unit where he was responsible for allocating grants to local law enforcement agencies under the Grant Assistance Program, and worked in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on federal grants.  Upon his promotion to Deputy Division Chief in 2009, he assumed responsibility for ABC’s Bay Area Offices in Concord, Eureka, Oakland, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Rosa.

Deputy Division Chief Hirata has served as a Field Training Officer, Internal Affairs Investigator, Background Investigator, and Skelly Officer.  He has also served as a department representative on several boards, committees, and work groups throughout the years with the Board of Equalization, Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, and Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.  He enjoys building partnerships with stakeholders throughout the State and carrying out ABC’s mission in a collaborative effort.  

Deputy Division Chief Hirata holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Stanislaus. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children, as well as being active in his church and son’s Cub Scouts activities.