WHEREAS it is the intention of the Mayor and Council of Cherry Hill Township to focus attention on noteworthy occasions and individuals; and
WHEREAS today, the Cherry Hill African-American Civic Association has come together at its annual Jazz Luncheon to honor Arthur Lewis, a true trailblazer who has dedicated himself to public service and to the advancement of African-American individuals in law enforcement; and
WHEREAS In 1956, Mr. Lewis became a special agent and criminal investigator for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Narcotics, a career that would span nearly three decades;
WHEREAS over the course of his remarkable law-enforcement career, Mr. Lewis became the first African-American to be named Special Agent In Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Mid-Atlantic Region, and, ultimately, as the DEA’s first African-American acting Deputy Administrator.
WHEREAS after retiring from the DEA, Mr. Lewis began a second career in the Atlantic City Casino industry, and co-founded the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Executives; and
WHEREAS throughout his life, Mr. Lewis, a Korean War Veteran, has also been a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather; and
WHEREAS today, Mayor Cahn and Township Council wish to recognize Mr. Lewis for his many years of service to country and community, and for his critical role in expanding the law-enforcement opportunities available to African-Americans in the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHUCK CAHN, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the Township of Cherry Hill, County of Camden, State of New Jersey, do hereby declare Saturday, May 4, 2013 as
Arthur Lewis Day
in the Township of Cherry Hill and do urge all citizens to join with me and Council in recognizing Arthur Lewis for his trailblazing achievements, and thanking him for his many years of service to the United States.