Williams Police Chief's duties expand: He will be city's administrator
Williams Police Chief James Saso will serve dual roles as chief and city administrator beginning Jan. 1.
"It will be an exciting next year. My job is to go in and be a manager to the departments and address any issues that are there and assure that the city operates as efficiently as possible," he said.
Mayor Pat Ash said there are large projects coming to the city, so the City Council wanted to know what they were getting.
"We just felt that he could hit the ground running. He has a leg up. He is well thought of by the public and by the staff. He runs a tight ship," she said.
Ash said the decision was also made because, "he knows the temperature of the town; he knows the people."
Saso was acting city administrator prior to Charles Bergson in 2009.
This time, "he will be city administrator, there will be no acting or interim at this point," Ash said.
Saso said he will serve in the position for one year and then have a re-evaluation.
"I was interim in 2009, the city was in a different place then. There were several things going on including trying to get funded for a waste water treatment plant. There had been a negative grand jury report, here were some finance issues and personnel (issues). Those things kind of greeted me last time," Saso said.
Saso said Bergson has been a fine leader for the city.
"We're in a different place now. We've hired professional staff, we funded our waste water treatment plant, we have clean audits, there's some projected growth," he said.
Bergson announced in April he would leave the position by the end of the year to pursue other interests.
Prior to Bergson, Williams had 17 managers in 15 years.
Saso said his new salary has not yet been negotiated and he thinks he can manage the duties of both roles fine.
"We have some organizational plans in place at the Police Department. ... The Police Department shouldn't really miss a beat," Saso said.