[FWD: AAMC: For Immediate Release: White House makes Drug Czar appointment]

Sheree M. Krider

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Subject: AAMC: For Immediate Release: White House makes Drug Czar
From: "Art Livermore" <art@explorastore.com>
Date: Wed, March 11, 2009 4:51 pm
To: <aamcnewtalk@drugsense.org>


Comment by Dale Gieringer, Director, NorCal NORML:

This announcement from VP Biden’s office goes on at length about the
need to
address youth drug abuse, drug-related violence, methamphetamine, etc.
is fortuitously silent about marijuana. About as good as could be
from Biden – DG.

from: Time / CNN

White House Statement on Drug Czar Appointment


Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release March 11, 2009


White House Announces New Director of the Office of National Drug

Washington, DC – Vice President Biden announced today that President
will nominate Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the new Director
the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

"With escalating violence along our Southwest border and far too many
suffering from the disease of addiction here at home, never has it been
important to have a national drug control strategy guided by sound
principles of public safety and public health. We must demonstrate to
international partners, the criminal organizations threatening to
stability and the rule of law in those nations, and the American people,
that we take seriously our responsibility to reduce drug use in the
States. Gil Kerlikowske has the expertise, the experience, and the sound
judgment to lead our national efforts against drug trafficking and use,
he will make an excellent addition to my Administration," said President

"Gil Kerlikowske is recognized both nationally and internationally for
innovative leadership and law enforcement solutions. He brings a
lifetime of
experience working on drug policy issues. He has worked on the issue at
levels – from the Department of Justice to the front lines as a major
chief. He understands that combating drugs requires a comprehensive
that includes enforcement, prevention and treatment," said Vice
Joe Biden.

Gil Kerlikowske has been the Chief of Police for Seattle for 9 years
he has been credited publicly with bringing down crime rates to record
He is the current president of the Major City Chiefs Association, which
composed of the 56 of the largest enforcement agencies in the United
He also served as Police Commissioner for the City of Buffalo, where he
served until 1998, when he left to become the Deputy Director of the
program for the Department of Justice.

"I have known Gil for over 25 years and he is recognized as a leader and
innovator in the field of law enforcement. As our President of the Major
City Chiefs Association, he has been in the forefront on our policies
positions relating not only to drug enforcement but also the need for
education and drug prevention. I commend the Obama Administration for
nominating Gil to this extremely important position. As a City Police
Gil sees every day the violence and tragedy that results from drug abuse
this country and will require no "on-the-job training," said William J.
Bratton, Chief of Police for the City of Los Angeles.

"Chief Kerlikowske’s deep understanding of the broad-ranging impacts of
substance abuse on public safety, communities and family health is a
tremendous asset to ONDCP and the field. The Partnership for a Drug-free
America looks forward to working with Chief Kerlikowske and his team in
renewed effort to address the most pressing threats to our nation’s
including the intentional abuse of prescription and over the counter
medicines, and to continue the outstanding progress made on illicit
like methamphetamine," said Steve Pasierb, President of the Partnership
a Drug-Free America.

"Gil Kerlikowske is the perfect person for this job. With his years of
experience as a police chief he knows that enforcement alone will not
the nation’s drug problem. It also requires prevention through
With his background and temperament he will bring great credibility to
bully pulpit," said Chief of Police for Miami John Timoney.

In his new position, Mr. Kerlikowske will lead the efforts of the White
House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a component of the
Executive Office of the President, which was established by the
Abuse Act of 1988. The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish
priorities, and objectives for the Nation’s drug control program. The
of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and
trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health
consequences. To achieve these goals, Mr. Kerlikowske will be charged
producing the National Drug Control Strategy. The Strategy directs the
Nation’s anti-drug efforts and establishes a program, a budget, and
guidelines for cooperation among Federal, State, and local entities.

"The Police Foundation applauds the appointment of Gil Kerlikowske as
nation’s next Drug Czar. He is a 36-year law enforcement veteran who has
served as Chief of Police in two major American cities. Gil understands
devastating impact that drugs have had on families and communities in
country. He is an innovator who will reach out across different
to pull together the type of team that will enable our nation to develop
policies and strategies required to effectively address the drug
Gil Kerlikowske is an outstanding choice for the position of Drug Czar,"
said President of the Police Foundation Hubert Williams.

As Director of ONDCP, Mr. Kerlikowske will also evaluate, coordinate,
oversee both the international and domestic anti-drug efforts of
branch agencies and ensures that such efforts sustain and complement
and local anti-drug activities. Mr. Kerlikowske will advise the
regarding changes in the organization, management, budgeting, and
of Federal Agencies that could affect the Nation’s anti-drug efforts;
regarding Federal agency compliance with their obligations under the

"As the head of a national victim-serving organization, I understand the
connection between illegal drugs and crime. The National Center for
of Crime believes that our nation needs a Drug Czar who is a skilled
manager, is open to new research, and has a strong reputation with the
enforcement community. Mr. Kerlikowske embodies those qualities," said
Lou Leary, Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of

"The Police Executive Research Forum is very pleased to hear of Chief
Kerlikowske’s nomination to be Director of National Drug Control Policy.
a seasoned police chief, Chief Kerlikowske has no illusions about the
devastating impact that illegal drugs have had on American cities. He
firsthand that drug markets drive the violent crime in many cities, and
will bring a street-level view to the formulation of national drug
At the same time, throughout his career Gil has demonstrated a broad
understanding that enforcement is only one part of a comprehensive
and that drug abuse prevention, treatment, and education initiatives
long-term reductions in drug abuse and drug-related crime. Thus, Chief
Kerlikowske is the right person at the right time to serve as President
Obama’s drug czar. He will bring the balanced view to drug abuse policy
was envisioned more than 20 years ago, when Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman Joe Biden wrote the law creating ONDCP," said Chuck Wexler,
President of the Police Executive Research Forum.

Mr. Kerlikowske holds a B.A. and M.A. in criminal justice from the
University of South Florida in Tampa, and is a graduate of the National
Executive Institute at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. He served in the
U.S. Military Police, where he was named the Outstanding Military Police
Officer Honor Graduate in 1970. He has also been an adjunct professor at
Seattle University, teaching courses in law enforcement. In addition,
Kerlikowske served as president for the Police Executive Research Forum
(PERF) from 1996-1998, is a long time member of the International
Association of Chiefs of Police, and serves on the Board of Directors
the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center.

Mr. Kerlikowske is renowned both nationally and internationally as an
on law enforcement issues, and has lectured in Budapest, London, Glasgow
across the U.S. In 1990, Kerlikowske received the "Gary Hayes National
Memorial Award for Innovation in Policing," and was the recipient of the
"James V. Cotter Award" in 2006 for leading three police agencies to
national accreditation.



Tom Angell, Media Relations Director

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