Drug and Alcohol Council honors Moore
— Former County Executive Tari Moore received recognition Thursday afternoon for her leadership role in stepping up efforts to address the county’s substance abuse epidemic.
“The best thing you did was appoint Ken Collins to be your drug czar,” said John Bennett, chairman of the Cecil County Drug and
Alcohol Abuse Council.
“That appointment sent the message you were serious, but also intended to create a team that could work together on the same goal,” Bennett said as he presented a plaque to Moore during a drug council meeting in Elkton. “Thank you for taking us out of darkness into light.”
Moore, who identified substance abuse as one of the county’s top problems shortly after taking office at the end of 2012, has kept it a top priority during the four years of her administration that ended Dec. 5.
“It’s been a pleasure to work on an issue like this one that is complex with no easy answers with a group of dedicated people,” Moore said as she accepted the award.
“We’ve worked as a team,” she added. “It’s not fun talking about this subject, but it is reality.”
Moore challenged the council to press national leaders, urging them to continue to fund substance abuse programs, treatments and prevention efforts.
“We have the responsibility to move this thing forward,” Moore said.
“Thanks to all of the hard work you have done, Cecil County is way ahead of other counties, so I’m encouraged about our future,” she said.
Former Cecil County Executive Tari Moore accepts a plaque recognizing her leadership in the area of substance abuse from Chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Council John Bennett.