Executive Staff


    Joseph McCullough

Joseph McCullough has served the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) since 2001 and is currently a Deputy Division Chief in Northern Division. His responsibilities include oversight of the Eureka, Oakland, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Rosa District Offices.

McCullough started his career as an Agent in the San Francisco ABC District Office and has been instrumental in furthering ABC’s mission through his leadership in a variety of assignments including managing the Northern Division Special Operations Unit, which focuses on conducting long term undercover investigations at disorderly locations, and the Stockton District Office. McCullough also served as the Deputy Division Chief in Headquarters where he was responsible for oversight of statewide training for employees, development of policy and procedure, and awarding grants that assist ABC enforcement efforts to allied law enforcement agencies.

McCullough is dedicated to solving problems in the community and working cooperatively with industry stakeholders to ensure a safe and fair alcoholic beverage marketplace. He believes proactive education and prevention efforts and a balanced approach through focused enforcement strategies form the foundation of public safety for the industry and communities. McCullough believes ABC licensees desire an industry that is both law abiding and accountable. He places a high value on collaboration between ABC, local law enforcement agencies, and the communities they serve in addressing quality of life issues. McCullough endeavors to lead in a professional, honest, and collaborative manner while maintaining humility as a core principle.

McCullough graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He enjoys baseball, spending time outdoors with his family, and volunteering in his community.