Paul Tupy

Paul Tupy is Deputy Division Chief over Headquarters, where he is responsible for oversight of the Trade Enforcement Unit, Price Posting Unit, OTS Grant Unit, LEAD Unit, TRACE Unit, APP Unit, Professional Standards Unit, Recruitment and Retention Unit and the Training Unit. Paul also represents ABC on the Cannabis Advisory Committee and on the Strategic Highway Safety Plan Steering Committee.

Paul Tupy

Paul Tupy

Deputy Division Chief, Northern Division

Paul began his career in 1999, as a Police Officer with the Eagan Police Department, a large suburb of both Saint Paul and Minneapolis, in Minnesota.  Paul held leadership and specialty positions during his time with Eagan Police, and found a passion working with the community to address and try to solve community problems.  Paul worked on community policing projects to address underage drinking, drug use, violence and gangs. 

In 2009, Paul and his family relocated to California and Paul took a position as an Agent with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Bay Area Enforcement Office.  During Paul’s time with ABC, he had the opportunity to hold multiple leadership positions and work with rural, suburban and inner-city communities.  Paul formed partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, licensees, community groups, schools and community members to address alcohol related problems in communities, reduce youth access to alcohol, provide education about underage drinking and ABC laws and regulations. 

In 2017, Paul accepted an Executive staff position with the Bureau of Cannabis Control as the Bureau’s first Assistant Chief of Enforcement over the Bureau’s Enforcement Division.  Paul helped to create the Bureau’s enforcement programs, write the Bureau’s regulations and build partnerships with communities, licensees, local law enforcement agencies, local governments and community groups to address community concerns and problems surrounding commercial cannabis. 

In 2019, Paul returned to ABC taking a leadership role in ABC’s Training and Professional Standards Unit, before accepting the position of Deputy Division Chief in Northern Division.  Paul believes professionalism, integrity, trust and a willingness to listen are essential in building partnerships with communities and stakeholders.    

Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Metropolitan State University, in Saint Paul.  Paul holds a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Bethel University, in Saint Paul.