Hats off to the new Chief! This afternoon, the Southampton Town Board appointed Steven E. Skrynecki as the Southampton Town Police Chief, who will replace retiring Chief Robert Pearce, who officially leaves his post tomorrow. Chief Skyrnecki, a Nassau County Chief, will begin his new job January. Southampton Town Police Captain Lawrence Schurek will serve as acting Chief until then.
Apparently this is one highly coveted job that is great work if you can get it. Chief Skrynecki will become the fifth Police Chief since the Southampton Town Police Department was founded in 1951.
According to information provided by the Southampton Town Supervisor’s office, Chief Skrynecki has been the Chief of the Department in Nassau County since 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. His recent executive initiatives include the active shooter program, ethics and policing with integrity, community police relations programs, heroin and gang abatement programs and security for presidential rallies and debates.
“The Chief comes to us with tremendous experience,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “It gives us extraordinary peace of mind that he will lead our Police Department in the years ahead. He’s the perfect candidate to take the reins from Chief Pearce who led the Department with such distinction,” said Supervisor Schneiderman. “I wish Chief Pearce a long and restful retirement and I look forward to working with Chief Skrynecki.”