After reviewing more than 100 applications for a public information officer, Burbank hired Drew Sugars, a veteran television journalist and current PIO for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, according to the city.
Sugars arrives with 17 years of broadcasting experience as an Emmy award-winning television news reporter, main anchor and newsroom manager, the city said in a statement. The California native spent the past four years working for the largest law enforcement agency in Santa Barbara County where he successfully merged the Public Information Office and Media Resources Unit.
Sugars joined the Sheriff's Department following a broadcasting career that included nine years at KCOY in Santa Maria, where he co-anchored the news with his wife Nerissa, according to the Santa Maria Times.
He was originally hired to run the Sheriff's video resources unit, but in October 2012, the county’s budget crisis led to the unit's merger with the Public Information Office, the paper reported. As a result, Sugars became the first civilian PIO in the Sheriff’s Department’s 150-year history.