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Mar 16, 2017 5:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Start Date For New Southampton Town Police Chief Once Again Pushed Back

Incoming Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki is expected to begin position In April. JEN NEWMAN
Mar 19, 2017 2:23 PM

Incoming Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki’s start date has been pushed back for a third time—this time for “personal reasons,” according to Supervisor Jay Schneiderman—and the former Nassau County chief of department is now expected to take over his new post in mid-April.

Chief Skrynecki, who was hired by the Town Board in late September 2016 and originally was supposed to begin his new position in January, has been serving as a part-time police department consultant for the past two months so he could collect several weeks of accrued vacation time from Nassau County. As a consultant, Chief Skrynecki earned $10,000 from Southampton Town, but the terms of that agreement just expired.

Mr. Schneiderman stated during the Town Board work session on March 16 that Chief Skrynecki will continue his position as a part-time consultant for the town over the next month, working two days a week, though officials could not immediately confirm how much he would be making in that capacity.

When he assumes the duties of chief of police, Chief Skrynecki will earn an annual salary of $185,856 plus benefits.

At the March 16 meeting, Mr. Schneiderman declined to offer additional details for the latest delay. When reached on Thursday afternoon, Chief Skrynecki would only say that he needed to push back his start date again due to a “prior personal commitment.”

Southampton Town Interim Chief Lawrence Schurek, who is captain in the police department, will continue in his new role for at least another month, according to the supervisor. Chief Schurek will continue receiving another $224 per week for his additional duties, on top of his base salary of $201,957.

Even though his new police chief still is not a full-time employee, Mr. Schneiderman noted that Chief Skrynecki has already begun playing an important role in expanding the resources of the police department, updating town officials during storm conditions and interacting with the community.

Chief Skrynecki is scheduled to attend an upcoming Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association meeting on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders.

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Great selection Jay!!!
By GoldenBoy (307), EastEnd on Mar 16, 17 5:34 PM
On the whole entire planet this is the best we can find?
By chief1 (2258), southampton on Mar 16, 17 6:36 PM
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Tell us about any shortcomings you are aware of, Chief.
By But I'm a blank! (1274), Hampton Bays on Mar 17, 17 1:13 PM
Crickets
By But I'm a blank! (1274), Hampton Bays on Mar 20, 17 11:47 AM
JE
By fire11 (254), east hampton on Mar 16, 17 8:25 PM
Jerry Larsen would have been on the job January 1. Just sayin' ! If things are going so smoothly, why hire him at all? We can save 200 grand a year.
By fire11 (254), east hampton on Mar 16, 17 8:27 PM
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He's playing an important role by not being there?
By fire11 (254), east hampton on Mar 16, 17 8:27 PM
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This guy has already been a no-show so many times when he's supposed to be there in good will. Even I showed for jobs when making $15 bucks an hour just inc case my boss needed me. This guy is going to milk the paycheck and then when it hits the fan just like Wilson he's going to split. Guaranteed.
By lirider (154), Hampton Bays on Mar 16, 17 9:05 PM
This guy has already been a no-show so many times when he's supposed to be there in good will. Even I showed for jobs when making $15 bucks an hour just inc case my boss needed me. This guy is going to milk the paycheck and then when it hits the fan just like Wilson he's going to split. Guaranteed.
By lirider (154), Hampton Bays on Mar 16, 17 9:05 PM
So, the MIA chief is getting around $1,200 per diem!!! And, what is he actually accomplishing for that fee! Just showing his face? Meanwhile, the acting Chief is ok to run the department, while the appointed chief finishes his time with NCPD, so he can take advantage of all of his perks and use up his unused vacation days, etc.! But, Schurek is not good enough to be a full time, someone who's put in his time, gone through the ranks, Chief of Police, according to the Town Board? Another political ...more
By KLM (1), East Quogue on Mar 16, 17 9:21 PM
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Schurek is NOT capable of running the dept, the town board knows it, employees know it and I'm sure he does also. He's a figure head right now and thats all, by no means is he running the dept now, its a rudderless ship......"Who's watching the store"
By mrobin (112), North Sea on Mar 17, 17 9:07 AM
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Come on people, he's still functioning in an advisory/consultatory capacity.

But, it should be at a reduced rate compared to full responsibility.
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Mar 16, 17 9:33 PM
Yeah, ok. A need for advice and consultation that wasn't discovered until an arrangement to accommodate him squeezing the last bit of vacation time out of his previous employer. But I understand where you're coming from. Government is an unalloyed good, and so you reflexively defend it from criticism.
By MoronEliminator (64), Montauk on Mar 17, 17 8:56 AM
Just like petulant toddlers, "right wingers" have issues with authority.

"You're not the boss of me."

Shining example of the infantile and inept attitudes we have to deal with for the next four years.
Mar 17, 17 9:47 PM appended by Mr. Z
P.S. Thanks for the psychoanalysis.
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Mar 17, 17 9:47 PM
Two donuts per week?
By fire11 (254), east hampton on Mar 16, 17 9:59 PM
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Nice work if you can get it!



By Frank Wheeler (1671), Northampton on Mar 17, 17 3:17 PM
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What are you all so upset about? It's not like it really costs anything. It's just taxpayer money..........
By bird (571), Sag Harbor on Mar 17, 17 8:36 PM
Chief Skrynecki is scheduled to attend an upcoming Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association meeting on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders."

good for him . That's a quick $1200. He said he'll stay for a meet and greet for another $500. he has one other question: Flanders? Where is that?
By fire11 (254), east hampton on Mar 17, 17 9:06 PM
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What a FLIPPING disgrace
Such a JOKE!!!
Schneiderman is a SLIMEBALL
Guaranteed he gets a % of everything $$$
By saggguy (12), SAGAPONACK on Mar 17, 17 10:21 PM
Where's the TRANSPARENCY Jay???
By pluff (15), East Hampton on Mar 18, 17 9:39 AM
Wow. Just wow.

Another great decision by the 3 J's.

Jerry Larson would have been on the job already.
By Draggerman (614), Southampton on Mar 19, 17 9:25 AM
Sounds like southampton school board...
By knitter (688), Southampton on Mar 29, 17 3:14 PM