Cecil County Executive Tari Moore announced today she will not be running again for the office of County Executive.
“After great deal of thought and prayer, I know clearly God has a different direction He has intended for me after 2016.” Moore said in a press release. “Although I’m not sure what that path will be at this time, I’m excited for what is in store.”
Moore served as Cecil County Commissioner from 2010-2012, before being elected as Cecil County’s first County Executive when the county transitioned to a Charter form of government in 2012.
“It’s truly been my honor to serve the people of Cecil County. I’ve been humbled by the faith and trust given to me, and have always made decisions based on what I believed to be in the best interest of all of the people in our community. There are still a number of things I want to accomplish in the fourteen months left in my term, and will continue to serve with the utmost of integrity and hard work."
In the press release, Moore named a number of accomplishments during her term, including a smooth transition to Charter, an improved bond rating for the county, toll relief for businesses and citizens, cost reductions and departmental consolidations. “Cecil County has had the same tax rate since 2013, while still providing quality services during extremely difficult economic times with significant unfunded state and federal mandates,” she stated. “Fiscal responsibility will continue to be one of the top challenges Cecil County will face.”
Moore said she was optimistic about Cecil County’s economic future. “Cecil County is well-positioned to take advantage of future economic development and job creation opportunities. As the economy slowly recovers, we are seeing the benefit of our strategic infrastructure improvements with increased market interest in our properties. There are several significant announcements soon to come.”
During her term, the county’s first Strategic Plan was developed and approved, the first phase of Calvert Regional Park has been completed to allow the county to take advantage of sports tourism, more than 1400 acres of land have been put into preservation (with another 165 acres pending), and significant improvements have been made in public safety with the implementation of crime-predictive software and the future implementation of a new public safety/emergency communication system.
“When I think about the last five years, I’m overwhelmed by what’s been accomplished,” Moore said. Among the many highlights, Moore said there are three that rise to the top - the recent opening of the new CCPS School of Technology, the fight against Cecil County’s substance abuse issues, and the many positive working relationships the county has developed. “These top three have at least one thing in common – they are all the result of putting aside personal agendas and working together for what is best for our community – our entire community.”
“But it’s critical to say that none of these things would have been accomplished without enormous collaboration and teamwork on the part of many people. It’s our citizens, our County employees, the County Council, community leaders, and leaders from across Maryland that have made this possible. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.”
Moore says she is looking forward to spending more time with her family. Her husband, Steve Moore, a Vice President for Orbital ATK in Elkton, and they are the parents of two children, Melissa, a professional photographer residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Matthew, a meteorologist for WGAL Channel 8 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.