On March 1, 2017 six individuals working in the six pillars of a comprehensive response to addiction (prevention, treatment, recovery, overdose reversal, law enforcement, and criminal justice reform) were awarded with the 2017 Pillar of Excellence award at the CARA Reception in Washington, DC.
Chief J. Thomas Manger, Montgomery County Department of Police
Chief J. Thomas Manger was sworn in as Montgomery County Police Chief on January 30, 2004. The Montgomery County Department of Police (MCP) is one of the largest police departments in the State of Maryland, with more than 1300 sworn and 550 civilian members serving 1 million residents in the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. A Maryland native, he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Chief Manger began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department. He rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1998.
In 2012, Chief Manger was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame.