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Amanda Peters selected as director of Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

Amanda Peters has been unanimously selected by the Board of Directors to serve as the Director of the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

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Board Chair Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann announcement the appointment Friday.

Peters follows the successful tenure of former director and current Board Member Kim Moser.

“We had a tremendous group of candidates for this position, and Amanda’s passion and energy, as well as her years of work in this field, made her a clear choice of the board,” said Knochelmann. “Moser accomplished great things during her tenure, and has now taken that work to a statewide level. Amanda will play a key role as we refine our regional strategies and continue to lead the Commonwealth and the nation in innovative and impactful responses to this epidemic.”

The announcement is the result of a comprehensive search that yielded an impressive field of candidates. Peters currently serves as the Heroin Impact Response Taskforce (HIRT) Coordinator. She holds a Master’s Degree from Northern Kentucky University with a concentration in Public Administration, Non-Profit Management, and Composition & Rhetoric.

The Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy (“NKYODCP”) assists with the development of substance abuse policy initiatives, coordinates regional efforts and provides advisory services to the Fiscal Courts of Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties, and other organizations.

Judge Knochelmann

Peters has a long history of civic engagement, including membership in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Police, Treatment & Community Collaborative, the Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) Board and as a Lay Director at St. Pius Church.

“I am truly honored to be named the next Director of the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. This is a passion and calling for me, and I will work tirelessly to implement our region’s strategic plan to combat substance abuse, “said Ms. Peters.

The Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy has been instrumental in developing initiatives combatting the substance abuse epidemic in the region, including the creation of the Substance Abuse Help-line, deployment of “Quick Response Teams” in each county and a comprehensive education program.

The NKYODCP has also focused on policy formation, identifying best practices and advocating legislative changes. The new director will be charged with building strong collaborations to implement an updated regional plan to address substance abuse disorders.

The Board of the NKYODCP consists of Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force Executive Director Chris Conners, St. Elizabeth Healthcare CEO & President Garren Colvin, Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann, Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore, State Representative Kim Moser, Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery, and District Director of Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department Dr. Lynne Saddler.

Kenton County Fiscal Court

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