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Saso Announces Resignation as Williams Police Chief: Takes position as Assistant Sheriff of Colusa County

Sheriff Joe Garofalo welcomes Jim Saso to the Colusa County Sheriffs office where he will serve as the Assistant Sheriff.
Sheriff Joe Garofalo welcomes Jim Saso to the Colusa County Sheriffs office where he will serve as the Assistant Sheriff.

At the Wednesday, April 15, 2015 City Council Meeting, Williams Police Chief Jim Saso announced his resignation.

“I would like to inform you that I am resigning from my position as Chief of Police and Acting City Administrator for the City of Williams, effective April 17, 2015,” Saso said in his resignation letter presented to the Williams City Council.

Saso began his career with the Williams Police Department in 2001 and became Chief of Police in 2006.

Williams City Mayor John Troughton, Jr. presented Saso with a certificate of appreciation.

“We would like to present you with this plaque that reads, ‘In appreciation for your service, leadership and dedication from May 5, 2001 to April 17, 2015,” said Troughton. “Thank you for your service to the City of Williams.”

The crowd stood in applause in appreciation of Saso’s service.

“I would like to thank the council back in 2006 when I became chief,” said Saso, “I’d like to thank Mayor Don Barker, as I appreciated his leadership and guidance.”

Saso also expressed his thanks to former councilmembers Angela Fulcher and Pat Ash, and to Councilmember Kent Boes, and current Williams Mayor John Troughton Jr. for their support.

“Without them we wouldn’t have gotten as much accomplished as we have,” said Saso.

Saso continued his appreciation to his police staff for their loyalty.

“I had always hoped to leave the department in a better place than when I first got here,” said Saso, “I hope the next police chief will continue to move the department forward.”

Saso left the City of Williams Police Department to fill the position as the Colusa County, Assistant Sheriff.

On Monday, April 20, 2015, Saso was sworn in as the Assistant Sheriff of Colusa County.

Sheriff Joe Garofalo selected Saso to be his second in command after a comprehensive hiring process.

As Assistant Sheriff, Saso is largely responsible for all public-safety operations in accordance with the policies prescribed by the Sheriff and oversees all personnel. It is the Assistant Sheriff’s duty to aid, advise and cooperate with the Sheriff, in general, administrative matters and in determining matters of policy.

Saso will represent Sheriff Garofalo in his absence.

With a total of 26 years in law enforcement, Saso started as a Correctional Officer with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. In 1990, he became a Colusa County Reserve Deputy Sheriff and becoming a full-time employee in 1994. During those years, Saso worked patrol and narcotic investigations and accepted several assignments including Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, impact weapons instructor and a SOAR team member.

In 2001, Saso was hired by the Williams Police Department as a Sergeant, promoted to lieutenant in 2003, and appointed to Chief of Police in 2006. As Chief of Police, Saso has twice assumed the Acting City Administrator position and remained in that capacity the second time.

Saso is a Pierce High School graduate, and a graduate of the 223rd FBI National Academy and possesses the POST Executive Certificate.

“I’m very excited to have Jim join the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office,” said Garofalo, “Jim brings a great deal of knowledge and leadership to our office.  I’m confident he will exceed my expectations and do a fantastic job.”

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