Lower Saucon Township Council unanimously appointed Bryan Evans to be the township's new emergency management coordinator at a meeting held Jan. 16.
Evans replaces Bill Csaszar, who had been the township's EMA coordinator since 2005.
In speaking about his years at the helm of local emergency management, Csaszar said he has fond memories but is ready to let someone else shoulder the burden that goes along with dealing with infrequent crises, such as the widespread blackout caused by the remnants of Superstorm Sandy last year.
"It has truly been a pleasure serving the township and I will continue to serve in some capacity. It’s just in my blood," Csaszar assured council members.
"And I know my replacement will do an exceptional job," he added.
Evans, who is a volunteer Se-Wy-Co firefighter and a St. Luke's University Hospital employee, was recommended for the position by Csaszar.
Township Manager Jack Cahalan told council that Evans "has a wealth of experience and training in emergency services."
"I’m looking forward to working with Bryan and I think we’ll have a really good coordinator the next time a storm comes," Cahalan added.
An intermittent job, the township's on-call emergency management coordinator receives a $2,000 annual stipend.
Cahalan also praised Csaszar's contribution to the township's preparedness, saying "when he came here and took over the post in 2005 our program was pretty static. He really added a lot to it."