Seattle Police Chief Tapped As Obama’s Drug Czar

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From The New York Times:

R. Gil Kerlikowske, the police chief of Seattle, was chosen on Wednesday to be the White House “drug czar,” signaling a shift in emphasis from arrest and prosecution to intervention and treatment.

The selection of Mr. Kerlikowske, which had been expected, was announced by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who said Mr. Kerlikowske understands that “combating drugs requires a comprehensive approach that includes enforcement, prevention and treatment.”

If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Kerlikowske, 59, will become director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as the drug czar is formally known. “The success of our efforts to reduce the flow of drugs is largely dependent on our ability to reduce demand for them,” Mr. Kerlikowske said in a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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