Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced today the hiring of three individuals to lead the County's COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax) program. During this afternoon's County Legislative meeting, Sanders introduced Stacey Daniels-Young as the Director of COMBAT, Vincent M. Ortega as Assistant Director and David Fleming as Planning and Development Administrator.
“We are fortunate to have three exceptional individuals with vast experience and strong ties to our community to serve in these vital leadership roles for COMBAT,” said Sanders. “With their guidance, we are moving forward in our transition to make the COMBAT program an even more effective and successful force in preventing and treating drug abuse and in fighting drug-related crimes throughout Jackson County.”
Sanders noted that the new leadership team marked the fulfillment of the final recommendations of the COMBAT Review Committee he formed in March of 2007 to review the County-wide program.
"Building on Success"
Stacey Daniels-Young has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Black Health Care Coalition of Kansas City since 2005. She previously spent 14 years with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, serving in several positions, including Director of Development.
Daniels-Young served on the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners 1995 – 2003 including two terms as President of the Board. She holds a PhD in Community Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
In stating that she was eager to work with Ortega and Fleming, Daniels-Young said, "We don't see this as a revamping of COMBAT, but as building on the success of the program."
Former Deputy Chief of Police
Vincent M. Ortega, former Deputy Chief of Police, spent 30 years with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (KCPD), serving on its Executive Committee with full executive authority to command and coordinate the operations of assigned bureaus. Since 2007, he has worked as a National Security Specialist for GE Homeland Protection, Inc., a division of General Electric. Ortega earned a Master’s of Public Affairs degree from Park University. His career with the KCPD included a position as Supervisor of the Drug Enforcement Unit.
Former Department of Health Administrator
David Fleming oversaw substance abuse programs in northwest Missouri as a State Department of Mental Health District Administrator based in Kansas City from 2003 to 2008. His career with the Health Department dates back to 1996 and includes oversight of the Missouri Substance Abuse Traffic Office Program (SATOP). Fleming received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia.