The Maine Sheriffs' Association presented its 2018 Outstanding Achievement award to Dr. Timothy Hughes during its annual conference April 18 in Bangor.

Hughes, of Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast, received the award for his contributions to and support of Waldo County Sheriff’s Office efforts toward addiction recovery.

In a Facebook post, members of the Sheriff's Office wrote, “Dr. Hughes has, while maintaining his medical practice, devoted freely of his time to partner with the Sheriff’s Office on numerous community initiatives. He has attended conferences on addiction, conducted his own research on recovery models throughout the country, and remained steadfast in learning about the many facets of the criminal justice system."

Chief Deputy Jason Trundy's official letter nominating Hughes also acknowledged the doctor's involvement in and commitment to the Waldo County Recovery Committee. The group, formed by several community partners, addresses issues surrounding mental illness and substance abuse.

The WCRC has expanded to include a weekly steering committee meeting, a 7 a.m. community support meeting every Tuesday, a weekly meeting of a mental health collaborative and periodic meetings to address other issues, such as diversion programs and homelessness.

"It is not an uncommon sight to see Dr. Hughes riding his bicycle to attend one of our many meetings," Trundy wrote. "He often has come from his medical practice to attend and must rush off after the meeting to return to attend to his patients.

"We have found Dr. Hughes' commitment to helping the Sheriff’s Office succeed in our mission of public safety and support to the recovery community to be indispensable. That is why he has earned not only our unending respect, admiration and friendship, but also this well-deserved recognition.”