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WILLIAMSON COUNTY: Drug Court hires new coordinator

The 21st Judicial District Drug Court has hired Brent Hessel as the new Drug Court coordinator, replacing Gayle Moyer Harris who has served in this position since the organization’s inception in 2002.

He brings a fresh vision for the future of this community organization and a passion for its mission of transformative justice, officials said.

Hessel comes to the 21st Judicial District from Washington, D.C., where he served as program director for the World Affairs Councils of America and as vice president of the DuPont Circle Project’s board of directors. He is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law as well as its School of International Service and has experience in non-profit management and addiction recovery.

Hessel has a passion for working with those in need and looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with our community in helping Drug Court participants to get their lives back on track.

“I believe that every addict and alcoholic has something to offer if they are willing to let us help them to begin walking down the long path to recovery,” he said.

The 21st Drug Court is a non-profit organization with an established record of successfully helping non-violent offenders whose crimes result from an addiction to drugs and alcohol to remain sober and crime-free.

“Drug Courts are about saving lives and rebuilding families to the benefit of the overall community,” he said. “I am grateful to step into such a strong program, but we do need to be able to expand our ability to offer housing to those in need.”

Hessel hopes that he will be able to apply his fundraising skills to help to continue the 21st Drug Court’s success while expanding its ability to serve rural and impoverished populations.

Hessel also plans to work with the community to discover ways to offer additional programs intended to specifically benefit women and families. “I am confident that the generous people of Middle Tennessee will work with us to repair the damage caused by addiction and to treat some of the underlying trauma that makes it even more difficult to overcome,” he said.

The 21st Judicial District includes Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson counties in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on: 9/9/2010


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