in an interim role at Correction as Deputy Commissioner for Public Information. He was the spokesman for the largest municipal jail system in the nation, based on Rikers Island. He managed the agency’s media relations, including proactive press coverage, rapid-response and crisis communication; and developed content for its website and newsletter.
Mike moved on to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, serving as spokesman for the largest municipal water and wastewater utility in the United States. The agency manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than one billion gallons of water each day to more than nine million residents, including eight million in New York City.
Mike helped guide communications efforts for DEP through crises such as major storms and hurricanes, infrastructure and construction site accidents, water main breaks, drinking water quality issues and wastewater treatment plant accidents.
While at DEP, Mike had the privilege of exploring fascinating infrastructure such as City Water Tunnel 3, which is 500 feet beneath Manhattan streets and one of the most complex and intricate engineering projects in the world. Through those experiences, he acquired a deep appreciation for drinking water and those who design, construct and operate water and wastewater systems; without them our cities and towns would cease to operate.
In both city government roles, Mike interacted daily with New York City media as well as other national and international media.
As a private citizen, he volunteered his time to serving on the board of the co-op he lived in Brooklyn and to chopping vegetables at a Brooklyn soup kitchen.
Upon relocating to Arizona, Mike has been able to fulfill a long-nurtured dream of running his own public relations and communications business, Soss Communications.
Rooted in Newspaper Editing, Government and Media Relations
“Reputation is like fine china: Once broken it's very hard to repair.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Mike Saucier is the founder and principal of Soss Communications, a Phoenix, Arizona-based communications company.
Journalism was Mike’s first career love, but not his only career path. He spent 12 years at newspapers in New York City, Massachusetts and Florida, working as a reporter, copy editor, editor-in-chief, city editor, foreign editor and columnist.
He got his start in the news business with the guidance of newspaper publisher David Cutler, a mentor and dear friend who believed in Mike’s potential. Mike became managing editor and then editor-in-chief at the Southbridge Evening News, the smallest daily newspaper in Massachusetts at the time.
There, he led a small and mighty staff to 10 New England Press Association awards in two years. In 1996, he covered the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and in 1997 he covered the second Clinton Inauguration for the Evening News.
Between his Evening News editing stints, Mike worked as a news copy editor at the Naples Daily News in Florida.
He went on to work as a copy editor and freelance television writer at the Boston Herald. From Boston he moved on to New York City, where he worked as a financial news editor at TheStreet.com and then as city editor and foreign editor at The New York Sun. While at the Sun, he traveled to Israel and the West Bank, engaging in rich discussions with leaders and journalists about the history, politics, policies and everyday living in a tumultuous region.
A career in newsrooms allows you to develop key life skills. One of them a talent for fast adaptation, which proved handy for the next career phase.
Mike pivoted to public relations after his tenure at the New York Sun, taking on the role of Director of Media Relations for the New York City Department of Correction during the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mike also served