New director of Ulster Department of Emergency Services named

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Everett Erichsen

KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan has named Everett Erichsen as the new director of the county Department of Emergency Services. He has served as acting director since March and worked as county deputy director and fire coordinator for the department since 2017.

Erichsen will be “a tremendous asset” to the county as director of emergency services, said Ryan. “Through the pandemic, Everett has stepped up and demonstrated true leadership at a critical moment for our community,” he said. “I am confident that his years of public service with the county and his work as a volunteer firefighter makes him the right person to lead this department and serve and protect the 180,000 residents of Ulster County.”

Sheriff Juan Figueroa said Erichsen “is a dedicated and result-oriented individual.”

John Heppner, chairman of the Ulster County Fire Chief Association, said Erichsen was instrumental in getting the fire chiefs association back up and running after being in limbo for many years. “He also played a huge role in getting our state-of-the-art Ulster County Training Center for Emergency Services.”