Drug and Al­co­hol Coun­cil hon­ors Moore

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R - By CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ELKTON

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

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.

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