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Promotion of Department of Veterans Services Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey D. Roth to Rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the New York Army National Guard

Commissioner Sutton gestures with an Army knife hand as she speaks at Deputy Commissioner Roth's promotion ceremony

DVS Commissioner Loree Sutton speaks at Deputy Commissioner Roth's (center) promotion ceremony

New York City’s Department of Veterans Services is proud to announce the promotion of Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey D. Roth to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the New York Army National Guard (NYANG). Commissioner Loree Sutton, Brigadier General (ret.), US Army, MD, hailed the promotion, “as a special a cause for celebration for both the Department of Veterans Services and the City of New York, and for the US Army National Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Roth is a tireless advocate for veterans in his position as Deputy Commissioner. His service in the National Guard is yet another testament to his unwavering commitment to his country and to public service. Today’s promotion reflects his demonstrated potential for serving in positions of increasing responsibility. We are extraordinarily proud to have him on our team.”

Deputy Commissioner Roth has served as the 42nd Infantry Division Fire Support Coordinator since October 2014, and prior to that with the 1-258 Field Artillery Battalion from October 2008. He joined the National Guard in August 1999 while a cadet in the Michigan State Army Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC), and commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 2001. He achieved his previous rank of Major in 2011. As a National Guardsman, Roth served in 2004 in Sinai, Egypt as part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an organization charged with maintaining the peace protocols between Egypt and Israel. There he served as a Force Operations Battle Captain and monitored reports from observers stationed along the Israel-Egypt border. Roth also served in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy in New York City when his unit, the 1-258 Field Artillery, was activated to support New York City civil authorities in disaster relief and response.

In addition to his career as a US Army National Guardsman, Deputy Commissioner Roth has served the city of New York in various positions, including his current position at the Department of Veterans Services, which he joined in June 2016. Prior to DVS, Roth was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and Assistant Commissioner at FDNY. At FDNY, Roth was responsible for the Risk-Based Inspection System, a multi-phase project that enabled the Department to identify buildings most at risk for fire and prioritize them for inspections. This work was noted in Crain's New York Business, which recognized Roth as a member of its "Class of 2014 Forty Under Forty," its annual list of the most talented, driven and dynamic professionals under the age of 40 working in New York City.

The promotion takes effect immediately. A promotion ceremony took place on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 1 Centre Street, Suite 2208, New York, NY. Commissioner Sutton presided. Captain Christopher Wallace NYANG published the orders.

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