Three candidates for the position
Augusta residents had the opportunity to attend an informal mixer Thursday night at The Point Events Center to meet three candidates for the position of Director of the Augusta Department of Safety.
Four men were being considered for the job, but Colonel Ricky Adams, recently retired as Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, is taking another position with the Oklahoma organization.
That leaves three candidates, all qualified to lead the department.
Jon Antrim, formerly a police officer and Administrative Captain for the Liberal Police Department. In 2015, Antrim was hired as the Operations/Communications Manager for AMR-Topeka, a busy EMS system with approximately 120 employees. His responsibilities include budgeting, HR issues, scheduling, project management, and managing the operation to meet performance indicators.
Antrim is a Kansas certified paramedic, has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Central Christian University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Walden University.
Chad McCluskey, a lifelong Augusta resident, has been a member of the Augusta Department of Safety for 30 years, starting with the department at age 13 as a junior firefighter. He has spent the last 18 years serving as Sergeant and the shift commander for a patrol crew.
After graduation in 1993 from Augusta High School, McCluskey completed an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, and was awarded a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis on Human Resource Management through Webster University. He has supplemented his formal education by more than 4,670 hours of career training in various areas of law enforcement, firefighting, management, and leadership. He is also a graduate of Leadership Butler Class of 2008.
With his strong roots and wide experience, McCluskey is excited about the possibility of being selected to lead the department. He feels that his education, experience, training, and vast network of contacts, not only in Kansas, but throughout the U.S., offers unparalleled opportunities to help the department and the City.
Bob Sage has over 30 years experience in police and fire operations and administration. Born and raised in Augusta, he returned in 2016 after serving 14 years as the Chief of Police in Rose Hill. He is a past president of the Kansas Association of Police Chiefs, former commissioner with the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, and served on a number of non-profit boards that benefit citizens of Butler County.
Sage has always believed in filling the role and the need of organization and community. He looks forward to filling the role of Director of Public Safety in Augusta and serving the future needs of the department and community.
Sage is a graduate of Butler Community College with an Associate’s degree in Administration of Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Central Christian College and the 235th session of the FBI National Academy.
Sage and his wife of 25 years, Dawn, have tow children, Derek, 19, and Justin, 15.
Feedback from citizens will be reviewed by the executive team and command staff, and the City Council. An announcement on hiring is expected in a few weeks.