In a statement released Monday, Upper Darby Mayor Barbarann Keffer apologized for behavior that resulted in DUI charges against her.
Keffer was in a traffic accident in Upper Chichester Thursday evening after reportedly attending a Democratic fundraiser. She told police she’d had three drinks before getting behind the wheel.
In her statement Monday, Keffer said that she is “cooperating fully” with authorities and is “prepared to face the consequences of my action.”
“I will be forever grateful that no one was physically harmed in this incident. I apologize to my family, my staff, and my constituents for this severe error in judgment. I realize that this may be hard for some to forgive, but I ask that you look at my nine-plus years of
public service and not just this one terrible decision.”
She added, “I am seeking professional treatment for alcohol addiction. An estimated 15 million people struggle with an alcohol use disorder in the United States, but less than 10 percent receive treatment. I hope others can learn from my experience and seek the help they need.”
Keffer also blamed “the stress of the constant personal attacks” and said that her treatment plan includes finding healthy ways to “handle these stressors so that I can continue to fulfill my promise to reform, reinvest, and revitalize Upper Darby.”
She said that Acting Co-Chief Administrative Officers Alison Dobbins and Rita LaRue would oversee township government operations.