BELOIT – Multiple applicants for bartender licenses in Beloit recently were denied renewal of licenses by the Beloit Police Department, even after some workers had bartended or sold alcohol in the city previously.
The city is implementing a new application process that officials say provides ways to make more accurate final decisions to approve or deny a bartender’s license. Beloit Police Captain Dan Risse, who handles the background check process for each application and makes official recommendations, said some applicants approved in the past “should not have been approved” based on previous criminal histories.
The new application, which costs $50, clearly lists multiple instances that could prevent a license being issued, including giving false or incomplete information, an arrest or conviction that is alcohol-related or being a habitual criminal offender. A Class A liquor license for tavern owners in the city costs $500 each year, according to City Clerk fees.
“Now the department has an application that can have a thorough background check run on, and Captain Risse has parameters set forth that says every application that is going to be treated exactly the same,” City Clerk Lori Stottler said.
In March, the city updated its application for an bartender’s license and Stottler said she reviewed policies from 25 other Wisconsin municipalities to compile a form that was in-line with accepted League of Wisconsin Municipalities members.
The changes instituted a more thorough background check process that requires all applicants disclose any conviction on their record, and lists specifications that could prevent an application from getting a favorable recommendation.
The move helped determine two grounds for a license not being renewed, and Stottler said the changes helped the city organize everything in a simple way.
Six people seeking bartender licenses were recommended for denial by the department for past problems with the law at…