County Executive Tari Moore reflects on service
— 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
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.