Public safety director Terry Sult has accepted a position as the police chief in
Hampton, Va. Sandy Springs Police
Capt. Steve Rose confirmed the news to Patch.
Terry Sult, the current public safety director and former police chief of Sandy Springs has been named the new police chief of Hampton, Va. A Virginia Pilot story said Sult’s appointment is effective Oct. 7. He will take the reins from an interim chief in Hampton, according to the story.
Sult became chief of police in Sandy Springs in 2008 following years in law enforcement in Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC Police and as chief of the Gastonia, N.C. Police, following the resignation of ex-chief Gene Wilson.
Capt. Steve Rose, Sandy Springs Police Public Information Officer, credits Sult with turning around the department in 2008. “We weren’t in the best shape. We were coming off some things with Chief Wilson,” Rose said. “He smoothed the water and did a great job of putting this department together.”
Rose said the average time for a police chief might be five years. “For his time here, he put us on the map. And his leaving might be a good opportunity. If he does for that department what he did for us, he is going to be very successful,” Rose said.
In the spring, Sult was selected for a newly created position within Public Safety and Fire Rescue Services. He became director of public safety and advisor to Sandy Springs city manager John McDonough.