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PRESS RELEASE May 1, 2017Contact: Supervisor’s office(631)283-6055 Connie Conway
The new Southampton Town Police Chief was sworn in today in the Town Clerk’s Office. Chief Steven E. Skrynecki was selected by the Southampton Town Board to replace Chief Robert Pearce, who retired last September. Chief Skrynecki becomes the 5th Police Chief since the Southampton Town Police Department was founded in 1951.
Before coming to Southampton, Chief Skrynecki was Chief of the Department in Nassau County from 2010. He started as a patrol officer in Nassau County in 1974 and worked his way through the ranks to Commanding Officer of the Robbery Squad, Vice Squad, Narcotics Squad, Internal Affairs, Chief of Detectives to Chief of the Department. He had served as a part time consultant for the Southampton Town Police Department since January until he was free to assume his new role.
“We welcome Chief Skrynecki to the Town of Southampton and look forward to working with him,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “He brings with him great experience and keen insight into law enforcement that I believe will be a tremendous asset to the Town.”
Capt. Lawrence Schurek acted as Police Chief until Chief Skrynecki could be sworn in. “Capt. Schurek did a terrific job in his leadership role and I thank him for providing a smooth transition for the new Chief,” the Supervisor added.