Sullivan County Public Safety commissioner resigns

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MONTICELLO – Sullivan County Public Safety Commissioner Rick Sauer has resigned from his position effective July 9 and will become the emergency services director for Sampson County, North Carolina.

Sauer served as Sullivan County commissioner of Public safety for the past 3 ½ years and for the past 30 years as a member of several different organizations including the State Police and Liberty Fire Department. “It has been a very difficult choice to move on, but I think it is the best decision for my family,” he said.

Sauer has served as commissioner since 2017, overseeing the 911 communications center, probation, emergency medical services, fire services and emergency management.

County Manager Josh Potosek said Sauer “was integral in various emergency responses, including severe storms, but most notably responding to the COVID pandemic.”

“Rick’s tenure included some of the toughest situations the county ever faced, yet he always remained professional and police, keeping the legislature up to date,” said Legislator Nicholas Salomone, Jr., chairman of the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Committee.”