77th Annual Meeting

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has supported a cabinet-rank position of Director of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President for more than 20 years; and

WHEREAS, the mission of the Director of National Drug Control Policy is to evaluate, coordinate, and oversee both the international and domestic anti-drug efforts of executive branch agencies and ensure that such efforts sustain and complement state and local anti-drug activities; and

WHEREAS, the Conference has worked closely with the Director of National Drug Control Policy and his office since it was first established in 1988 to develop and implement a comprehensive national action plan to control drugs and reduce drug abuse in this nation; and

WHEREAS, despite all of our best efforts, the problems associated with illegal drugs remain pervasive, wreaking havoc in cities and rural areas throughout the nation and increasing crime and violence; and

WHEREAS, it is time to reassess our national drug control policy to move us toward a truly balanced approach which puts adequate emphasis on prevention and treatment, as well as enforcement; and

WHEREAS, the appointment of one of the nation's most prominent police chiefs - R. Gil Kerlikowske of Seattle - to serve as Director of National Drug Control Policy assures that the federal effort will be led by someone who has seen firsthand the devastating impact that illegal drugs can have on our communities and our people and knows what is working and what is not working under our current system,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors commends President Obama for his nomination of Gil Kerlikowske as Director of National Drug Control Policy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference of Mayors pledges to work closely with Director Kerlikowske in realigning our national drug control policy so that it responds to the particular problems we face today, notably those along the southwestern border; brings together prosecutors and law enforcement, courts, treatment providers, and prevention programs to exchange information and to work together in a seamless, comprehensive manner; and increases the emphasis given to prevention and treatment to bring them in balance with that given to enforcement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference of Mayors believes that, for the seriousness of the threat to the nation now posed by illegal drugs to be fully acknowledged, and for the Director of National Drug Control Policy to be equipped to the fullest extent possible to achieve the position's increasingly vital mission, particularly those aspects of it relating to executive branch agencies, the position of Director should be accorded cabinet rank, and urges the President to consider restoring the position to that rank.