News Release


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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

May 29, 2001


Steinhaus Announces Consolidation of Two Safety Programs
New Administrator Appointed 

Poughkeepsie...  County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced consolidation of two safety programs and the appointment of William C. Johnson to oversee the two newly combined programs.  Mr. Johnson has been appointed the new STOP-DWI/Traffic Safety Administrator for Dutchess County, effective Tuesday May 29, 2001.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Johnson as a former resident back to Dutchess County.  His wealth of knowledge and experience will be an essential element in the county’s efforts to sustain the safety and health of our youth and families through the STOP-DWI and Traffic Safety programs.”  Since 1991 Mr. Johnson was employed by the Probation Department in Greeley, Colorado, most recently as a Probation Officer/Drug Evaluation Specialist.  He has served as a member of the Alcohol and Drug Driving Safety (ADDS) Advisory Committee and the State Safety Committee and was awarded the “Alcohol/Drug Evaluator of the Year” and “Outstanding Team Award” honors in 1998.  Prior to moving to Colorado, Mr. Johnson worked for six years for the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department.

As Administrator, Mr. Johnson will provide the day-to-day supervision for both programs, integrate the planning process between the programs, promote new research-based strategies, submit state grants and required reports, explore and promote new joint funding opportunities and be the public spokesperson for both the STOP-DWI and Traffic Safety programs.   According to Steinhaus, “The two programs were merged in January of 2001 as part of my continuing efforts to re-engineer county government to meet the needs of our residents more efficiently and effectively. We have been successful in these streamlining efforts, while at the same time cutting taxes six out of nine budgets and reducing the size of the county government workforce, which is smaller now than in 1987.”

The STOP-DWI Board and the Traffic Safety Board will continue to oversee the respective programs.  The STOP-DWI Board is an advisory committee for the implementation of the annual STOP-DWI plan and budget, while the Traffic Safety Board assists the Administrator in educational outreach on traffic safety issues and evaluates traffic safety grants.


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