Columbia Community Relations Director Steven Sapp to retire (MO)

Columbia Community Relations Director Steve Sapp will retire Jan. 14 after 41 years of service to the city. 

“My entire career has been dedicated to public service and to the residents of mid-Missouri,” Sapp said in a news release Wednesday.

He first started with the city Jan. 14, 1980 with Public Safety Joint Communications as a 911 dispatcher. He transitioned to the Columbia Fire Department as a firefighter in 1989. He was assigned as a lieutenant to the Fire Marshal Division in 1998, working his way up to captain and battalion chief as the fire marshal… 

City officials seek to hire a new Portland public safety director under $300,000 funding proposal (OR)

The city of Portland would hire a new public safety director, using funds drawn from the police, fire and emergency communications bureaus for the $300,000 position under a proposal that goes before the City Council on Wednesday afternoon.

The new director would work to find ways to integrate the public safety bureaus’ business operations, technology, public information and outreach services in an effort to find long-term cost savings, according to the city’s budget office…

WCAR honors first responders with lunch at Public Safety Building (TN)

The Williamson County Association of Realtors treated county emergency management staff to lunch Wednesday from The Honey Baked Ham Company for National First Responders Day and recognized them for the work they do every day — particularly during the pandemic — to keep county residents safe.

“We’re really proud of you guys,” WCAR President Jordan Vaughn said. “We’re really proud that you serve our community and communities around the United States, so we just wanted to tell you thank you for all that you do and for taking care of us…