Sheriff's Public Information Officer Leaving in July
Santa Barbara - June 27th, 2012
Sheriff Bill Brown has announced that Drew Sugars is leaving his position as Public Information Officer for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office in early July to become the Public Information Officer for the City of Burbank.
Sugars joined the Sheriff’s Office in March, 2008, following a 17-year broadcasting career that included nine years at KCOY in Santa Maria, where he co-anchored the news with his wife Nerissa.
Sugars was originally hired to run the Sheriff’s Video Resources Unit, but in October, 2012, the budget crisis led to the unit’s merger with the Public Information Office. As a result, Sugars became the first civilian PIO in the SBSO’s 150-year history.
“Drew’s unique skill set allowed us to consolidate some duties and save money that would not have been possible under the former model,” said Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown. “Drew also brought a fresh perspective at a time when the media landscape was changing due to the emergence of social media and the downsizing of newsrooms. He did an outstanding job for us, and is leaving some big shoes to fill.”
“It’s bittersweet. I love this job and its mission, but Burbank is a fantastic opportunity for me and my family,” said Sugars. “When I left journalism to join the Sheriff’s Office, I quickly learned that I was working with some of the most exceptional people that I’ve had the honor to call my colleagues. Those who take an oath to protect all of us make tremendous sacrifices for our benefit. I was blessed to see this first hand and will never forget it.”
Sugars last day with the Sheriff’s Office is July 5, 2012. An extended search for his replacement will begin shortly.
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