June 24, 2022

Picente Appoints New STOP-DWI Coordinator

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Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that he has appointed Eric Townsend as STOP-DWI Coordinator.

“Oneida County is lucky to have Eric Townsend coordinating its STOP-DWI Program,” Picente said. “He has strong background in emergency services and online marketing and will bring a fresh perspective to the table. I look forward to seeing where he takes this important county program.”

Townsend spent the past five years as a paramedic supervisor for AmCare Ambulance Service in Rome, where he managed a team of paramedics, developed an EMS Assistant program, assisted with all training programs and operated the company’s website and social media. Prior to that he spent four years as an EMT and Paramedic.

He also has been a Paramedic Preceptor for the MidState Paramedic Program and a CPR Instructor for the American Heart Association.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Oneida County as STOP-DWI Coordinator,” Townsend said. “I look forward to working with my traffic safety colleagues, along with law enforcement and the community, to carry out County Executive Picente’s vision for keeping our roadways safe.”

Townsend is currently the volunteer Labor Director for the Boilermaker Road Race, and in the past has coordinated fire and medical services for the event. He also serves as Volunteer Director/EMS Director for the CNY Memorial Stair Climb.

A Rome native, Townsend is a graduate of Rome Free Academy. He graduated with an associate degree in criminal justice from Mohawk Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Justice from the State University of Oswego. He also received his Paramedic Certification from Herkimer County Community College.

He officially assumed the STOP-DWI Coordinator position on May 16. Prior to that, Oneida County Emergency Services Director Edward Stevens had been temporarily overseeing those positional duties.

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