Manchester's Municipal Alliance, an anti-drug coalition made up of local government, police and school officials, will need a new coordinator after Marianne Borthwick leaves the post she has held for the past 10 years.
"She's played a key role and has been an outstanding proponent of the kids," said Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski, who is spearheading the search for a replacement. Borthwick will leave the position effective Dec. 31.
The chief will accept letters of interest and resumes through email until Friday, Nov. 30. Klimakowski said that he is hoping to find a replacement from the community who will bring the same "drive and continue to make the program a success."
The has a mission to spread drug and alcohol awareness prevention, according to Manchester Police Department Capt. Lisa Parker.
It is made up of "residents, local government officials, law enforcement, schools officials, parents, youth and other partners concerned with the prevention of alcoholism and drug abuse in our community," Parker said.
One of the alliance's most popular events is Project Graduation, an organized and adult-supervised night of activities for graduating seniors that is held in lieu of off-campus house parties where drug and alcohol use may be present.
"It's a great program," Klimakowski said.
"We have been successful for the past 15 years in providing our graduates with a great time and no serious or regretful incidents on graduation night," Borthwick has said about the annual event.
Through a grant, the coordinator receives a monthly payment of about $210. Duties include recruiting volunteers, holding monthly meetings, grant writing, preparing quarterly financial reports, coordinating events, fundraising, attending county and state training and working with local police and school officials, according to Parker.