Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough, front right, swears in Kenneth DeSimone as the city’s new Police Chief. In the Background, left to right, are Councilwoman Dianne Fries, Councilman Gabriel Sterling, Councilman Tibby DeJulio, and members of the Sandy Springs Police Department.

The city has restructured its public safety departments, creating a position that will oversee both police and fire services.

City Council on April 2 watched as City Manager John McDonough officially swore in Terry Sult as the city’s new Director of Public Safety, and swore in Kenneth DeSimone as the city’s new Chief of Police.

Sult’s annual salary will be $157,635 and DeSimone’s salary will be $140,000.

According to the city, the Director of Public Safety will, “coordinate budget and resource allocation requests between police, fire and EMS, as well as oversee the city’s efforts in researching and integrating next generation public safety and emergency services technology. The Director of Public Safety will serve as the lead on special projects including the city’s upgrade of its public safety radio systems.”

Sult has been at the forefront of an effort to implement a new public safety radios system for the north Fulton cities of Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton.

Sult became Sandy Springs police chief in 2008, having previously worked as police chief in Gastonia, N.C. He spent more than 30 years with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C. Police Department, prior to becoming police chief in Gastonia.

Sandy Springs City Manger John McDonough, front right, swears in Police Chief Terry Sult, front left, as the city’s new Director of Public Safety. In the Background, left to right, are Mayor Eva Galambos, Councilwoman Dianne Fries, Councilman Gabriel Sterling, Councilman Tibby DeJulio, and members of the Sandy Springs Police Department.

In addition to his work with Sandy Springs, Sult has worked around the country as an expert witness, consultant and instructor.

DeSimone also worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, prior to joining Sandy Springs in 2008 as Deputy Chief of Police.

After Brookhaven residents voted to incorporate as a city, DeSimone’s name was mentioned as a candidate to become Brookhaven’s first police chief. DeSimone is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves and trained police officers in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been activated three times since Sept. 11, 2001. His most recent tour was in 2011.

“The city’s leadership has long given us the latitude to be innovative with our efforts in ensuring the safety of our citizens. I look forward to the opportunity to work across the range of public safety and emergency services in furthering those efforts,” Sult said in a press release.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com