• Rich Klein

Retired MTA Detective Could Be Next Public Safety Commissioner


Thomas Farney, a retired detective with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, would become Sullivan County's next commissioner of public safety if the County Legislature passes a resolution Thursday confirming the appointment made last week by County Manager Josh Potosek.


Former County Public Safety Commissioner Rick Sauer resigned from the position in June that he held since November 2017 to accept a new job as an emergency services director in Sampson County, North Carolina.


Farney is a former commanding officer of the Counterterrorism Intelligence Unit of the MTA and was assigned to the FBI and New York State Intelligence Center.


His bio, obtained by The SullivanTimes, shows that he has professional training in emergency preparedness, recovery, planning and mitigation and is a certified New York State Department of Criminal Justice instructor.


Farney, who last worked in the Central Islip, Long Island office of the MTA Police, has also trained to assist New York State with managing the consequences of all disasters and emergencies of the the MTA


He has a Master's in Public Administration and a B.A. in Organizational Management.


If appointed, Farney would begin work September 13 at a salary of $95,000, overseeing some 70 employees and managing a budget of about $5 million.


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