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News Release    

August 31, 2006      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive (845) 486-2000
DeWitt Sagendorph, Coordinator, Emergency Response (845) 486-2080

Dutchess County Emergency Response Coordinator Announces Retirement

Poughkeepsie… DeWitt Sagendorph, Emergency Response Coordinator for Dutchess County has announced his intention to retire in October of 2006.

Sagendorph has served as the Coordinator for the past 12 years.  He previously served as the County’s Fire Coordinator for 5 years prior to his current appointment.

According to County Executive William R. Steinhaus, “DeWitt Sagendorph has been a valuable member of my team for many years. He has been instrumental in many of the initiatives the Steinhaus administration has introduced including: the consolidation of the former Bureau of Fire and Civil Defense into the Department of Emergency Response, Construction of a state of the art Communications Center, Implementation of the Enhanced 9-1-1 System, Construction of the new “Burn Building” at the County’s Training Facility and of course the planning behind the master plan for the $10 million in upgrades to the 9-1-1 center. His dedication and loyalty have been exemplary.”

Sagendorph was appointed as a Deputy Fire Coordinator in 1982 and served as the Dutchess County Training Administrator until 1986 when he was appointed Chief Deputy Coordinator.  In August of 1989, he was appointed County Fire Coordinator for the Dutchess County Bureau of Fire.  In 1994, County Executive Steinhaus reorganized and consolidated the Department with the Office of Disaster Preparedness/Civil Defense and renamed it the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response with Dewitt Sagendorph appointed as Coordinator.

Sagendorph has been an active member of the New York State Fire Coordinators Association and has held the office of Director of the Southern Districts, which is comprised of eleven counties and also recently served as President of the State Association for the past two years.

He was an organizational charter member of Staatsburg Engine Company #2 in 1974 and held each line office including Chief of the Department from 1979 through 1982. He remains a member with Staatsburg.

In 2005 he was honored as a “Home Town Hero for Public Safety” by the Dutchess County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and has received several awards for Outstanding Contributions to His Community.

Sagendorph stated, “I’ve enjoyed the greatest jobs on earth, over the 26 years as a Registered Professional Nurse for the State of New York, Chief of Staatsburg Fire Department and twenty-six years with the County-seventeen of those as a Coordinator. I am grateful to County Executive Steinhaus for appointing me Coordinator and I appreciate his continued support and friendship. I thank the Lord for having the opportunity of Public Service and for my wonderful family and extended family of so many friends and colleagues.”

County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “We will miss Dewitt, but wish he and his wife Dee the very best in his well deserved retirement.”



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