County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore re­flects on ser­vice

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CHERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore is grate­ful to have been able to serve Ce­cil County for the last eight years – and es­pe­cially to serve as the county’s first county ex­ec­u­tive un­der a new char­ter form of gov­ern­ment.

“It’s al­ways been a real honor for me to be able to give back to my com­mu­nity,” said Moore, who has spent most of her life mov­ing from one com­mu­nity to another – first as a mil­i­tary child and later as a mil­i­tary spouse. “My par­ents in­stilled in me that I should al­ways give back wher­ever

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I live, so I’ve never waited to be asked.”

Moor e ’ s ser­vice to the count will come to an end this week as a new set of county of­fi­cials is in­au­gu­rated to­day at noon.

Moore moved to Ce­cil County about 12 years ago when her hus­band Steve got a job trans­fer with Or­bital ATK. She at­tended Ce­cil Lead­er­ship Academy, got her real es­tate li­cense and worked as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the Ce­cil Coun- ty Cham­ber of Com­merce be­fore get­ting in­volved in pol­i­tics.

Moore was elected to the Ce­cil County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers where she served two years be­fore be­ing elected as the first ever county ex­ec­u­tive.

“I think Ce­cil County has re­ally em­braced char­ter gov­ern­ment,” Moore said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “It was one of the best things that ever could have hap­pened to the county.”

Moore said she took the po­si­tion with the hope of be­ing able to pre­pare Ce­cil County for the fu­ture. Re­flect­ing back, Moore said, she thinks her ad­min­is­tra­tion has ac­com­plished a lot of that goal.

“We now have a strate­gic plan, which is our blue­print for the fu­ture,” Moore said.

But she ad­mits there’s been a lot of chal­lenges along the way.

“For one thing, govern­ing dur­ing a re­ces­sion has been very dif­fi­cult,” she said.

De­spite a slug­gish econ­omy, Moore pri­or­i­tized re­duc­ing sub­stance abuse in the county, draw­ing statewide at­ten­tion for im­ple­ment­ing a four-prong pro­gram that is on­go­ing. She was also able to es­tab­lish a county-op­er­ated an­i­mal ser­vices agency that opened a few months ago, af­ter en­dur­ing sev­eral years of public con­tro­versy.

“I’m also very proud of the School of Tech­nol­ogy ac­qui­si­tion,” said Moore, ad­mit­ting that some­times you have to take a leap of faith. “Ce­cil County cit­i­zens de­serve good schools and good public parks, as well as a safe com­mu­nity.”

Moore says she en­joys mak­ing public pol­icy de­ci­sions, es­pe­cially if it leads to fu­ture ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity. She counts the pur­chase of the Basell prop­erty for the School of Tech­nol­ogy and the es­tab­lish­ment of Calvert Re­gional Park as two projects that will reap ben­e­fits for years to come.

“I think it was wise to take ad­van­tage of low con­struc- tion costs and low in­ter­est rates to move for­ward with the pur­chase of the School of Tech­nol­ogy and the build­ing that houses the sher­iff’s depart­ment and emer­gency ser­vices,” Moore said, not­ing those de­ci­sions will save the county a lot of money in the long term. “Ev­ery de­ci­sion I made while in of­fice was made with the best in­for­ma­tion I could get, a bit of prayer and a look into the fu­ture.”

Moore cred­its many of the ac­com­plish­ments un­der her lead­er­ship to her staff and to a sup­port­ive county coun­cil.

“No one does this alone,” she said.

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