In August, Bobbie Fine retired as Howard County’s first Drug and DUI Court Coordinator. She served in that position for more than nine years. We think of Bobbie as the Drug Court coordinator, but Bobbie has also served the Howard County community as an educator, a hearing examiner, as the Chief of the Juvenile Division in the State’s Attorney’s Office, and as an attorney in private practice for 15 years. As the Drug/DUI Court coordinator, Bobbie served as one of the leading advocates for problem solving court programs both in Howard County and throughout the State. She faithfully oversaw the program and ensured its financial and operational success ever since its inception in 2004.
In my years as the Judge-in-Charge of the Drug and DUI Court program, Bobbie was always instrumental in helping the team and I reach decisions designed to enhance outcomes and change behavior of those who participated in the program. Bobbie’s hard work and dedication resulted in 17 graduation ceremonies at which countless participants were recognized for their successful completion of the program. Her guidance and her wisdom had a direct positive impact on our community, as well as the graduates and their families. Bobbie’s work with the Drug and DUI Courts helped teach us that the cycle of addiction can be broken.
Prior to becoming the Drug Court Coordinator, Bobbie’s career began as a teacher, then as an attorney, as Chief of the Juvenile Division of SAO, and as an attorney in private practice. Throughout her professional career, Bobbie’s dedication and her work have changed lives, strengthened families and improved our community. Her work and her presence will be missed.
A small gathering of friends and family surprised Bobbie with a dinner at Bare Bones on August 28th to honor her for all of her work in the community and to wish her well on the occasion of her retirement. At the dinner, Bobbie was honored by proclamations issued by the Howard County Council and County Executive Ken Ulman.
Bobbie is now the Professionals Resource Outreach Program (PROP) Coordinator at Martin Counseling & Associates, LLC, 5026 Dorsey Hall Dr Ste 205, Ellicott City, MD 21042 (443-610-2404). PROP is a confidential counseling program that specializes in assisting professionals such as lawyers, teachers, nurses, doctors, first responders, etc. and their families who experience an alcohol/substance abuse, mental health or any other related issues. PROP is designed specifically for individuals who require discrete and confidential care protecting the anonymity of professionals, unlike other conventional treatment programs that are open to the public.
The program is tailored to address the specific stressers, triggers, and other intrinsic issues related to professionals in the public service workforce.
Congratulations to Bobbie, who is also a rabid Orioles and Ravens fan!