Obama to Name Seattle Top Cop Gil Kerlikowske as New Drug Czar


WASHINGTON --- President Barack Obama will nominate Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the new U.S. Drug Czar, media outlets reported Wednesday. The Drug Czar position—officially known as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy—must be approved by the Senate.

Kerlikowske, who won’t confirm the nomination, is a proponent of gun control and has argued in favor of increased police use of taser stun guns, according to ABC News. Kerlikowske is a 36-year law enforcement veteran and was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Seattle Police Department in 2000.

Kerlikowske was the former deputy director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services that provides federal grants to local police agencies in support of community policing services. He served as the police commissioner for Buffalo, New York, where his selection by the mayor became the first outside appointment in 30 years.

He also served as the chief of police for two Florida cities, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, of which both cities received the Attorney General’s Crime Prevention Award. He began his law enforcement career in 1972 as a police officer for the St. Petersburg Police in Florida. He also served in the U.S. Army Military Police.



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