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September 24, 2013

Newsmakers: Sept. 24, 2013


John W. Sucharski III was installed as president of the Practicing Institute of Engineering, an organization of professional engineers and training providers. He is also president of the Suffolk County Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and works full time as a project manager for the Long Island Railroad. He graduated from AuSable Valley Central School in 1987 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Jessica.

Chris Morris of Saranac Lake has joined the Adirondack Community Trust, the community foundation of the Adirondacks, as communications manager. He will work to build awareness of the trust in the local, regional and national press and oversee news content on the organization’s website and social-media platforms. A native of Saranac Lake, Morris has been part of reporting for several area media groups.

Detective Sgt. Debra L. (Sweatt) Leitenberger, daughter of Betty A. (Blanchard) Sweatt of Willsboro and the late John E. Sweatt, Jr., has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant in New Jersey. In 1995, Leitenberger retired from the U.S. Army as a chief warrant officer 2 and joined the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office in Mount Holly, N.J., where she served in various positions, including polygraph examiner, sergeant in charge of the Fatal Accident Unit, Special Investigations Unit and an instructor at the Police Academy. Her promotion to lieutenant marked the first female to hold that position in the history of the organization. She was recently recognized for her outstanding leadership and accomplishments in law enforcement for “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” in a ceremony held at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Debra lives in New Jersey with her husband, Eugene, and their 3-year old son, Andrew.

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