Jackson County Executive Sanders
Appoints Drug Commission Members
October 27, 2008 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced the appointment of Drug Commission members today at a meeting of the Jackson County Legislature. Last year Sanders appointed a COMBAT Review Committee to gather ideas and suggestions from the public that have helped to set policies, strategic direction and have provided information for improving services. That review Committee then made its suggestions to the Executive who has now set a clear policy for the future of COMBAT and how it may most appropriately benefit the citizens of Jackson County.
Sanders said, “These appoints today are steps in the long process of a new direction for how COMBAT operates. There is no question that the work of COMBAT is necessary and vital to our community, with these and other appropriate changes suggested by citizens through last year’s Review Commission we will continue to improve and move COMBAT in the right direction for years to come.”
The Drug Commission members appointed today include; Vanessa Maxwell-Lopez, Attorney with emphasis working with low-income and indigent defendants; Tony Miller, Attorney with Toppito & Miller, LLC; Pam J. Petrillo (P.J.), recently retired as Executive Director of Emergency Services for Blue Springs School District; Albert Riederer, Former Jackson County Prosecutor and Judge; Anita Russell, President, Kansas City Missouri NAACP Branch; Dr. Joe Spalitto, Dentist and Assistant Professor at both, UMKC School of Dentistry and Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience; Colin Stoner, General Counsel for MLU Services, Inc.; Scott Taylor, Attorney with Miller & Company P. C. One additional member will be named at a future date.
COMBAT is an acronym for the COMmunity Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax, a Jackson County voter-supported self-imposed ¼-cent sales tax generating approximately $20 million annually to fund drug interdiction, prevention and treatment programs. COMBAT funds are earmarked to finance particular programs and projects including as many as 80 law enforcement, treatment and prevention programs.
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