Councilmember Tim Burgess
Councilmember Tim Burgess Statement on Gil Kerlikowske’s Selection by President Obama to Head Office of National Drug Control Policy
“Congratulations to Chief Kerlikowske on his selection by President Obama as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He will bring a reasoned and street-wise voice to drug enforcement in our country, and a progressive approach to federal drug policy-making.
“As Chief of the Seattle Police Department, Kerlikowske instituted community policing practices that partner the police with citizens and neighborhood groups in solving problems, resulting in more sensible approaches to addressing drug activity and other crime. Kerlikowske led the police force by personal example, respecting and supporting innovative, yet practical, services for those struggling with addictions, such as our needle exchange and methadone van programs, as well as the 1811 Eastlake housing project for chronic alcoholics.
“Traditional drug enforcement methods aimed at first-time and casual users do not work. New approaches are needed. Chief Kerlikowske will lead this policy debate at the national level quite effectively.”
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