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.