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Former sheriff now Sullivan's director of public works

Apr. 1—A familiar face is joining Sullivan city government — former Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom.

Sullivan Mayor JD Wilson on Monday announced he's hired Cottom as the city's director of public works.

In a news release, the mayor said he sought a qualified and experienced candidate to assist moving the community forward in recovery and resilience, especially considering the impact of the 2023 tornado.

"The role of director of public works is integral to the safety, infrastructure, and well-being of our community, especially in the wake of challenges like the Sullivan tornado," said Wilson.

Cottom served as Sullivan County sheriff for two terms, and his tenure saw a significant reduction in crime rates and a focus on proactive measures to ensure citizen safety, Wilson said.

"Having witnessed firsthand the challenges our community faced during and after the tornado, I am honored to be chosen for this role," said Cottom. "I am committed to utilizing my experience to enhance the quality of life and resilience of Sullivan."

Cottom's duties now include managing infrastructure projects, road maintenance, waste management and emergency preparedness efforts.