East Hampton Police Chief Matt Reimondo talks to supporters after his job was formally cut by the town council, at the Sept 28 2010 meeting at EH High School. File photo copyright 2010 by Brenda Sullivan
By Brenda Sullivan
East Hampton Police Chief Matthew Reimondo was at the center of a controversy in the summer of 2010 that rocked the town for almost four months. Former Town Manager Jeffery O’Keefe was also central to the upheaval, for eliminating the position of police chief in order to, he said, help the town save money during tough economic times.
At that time, Chief Reimondo was put on paid administrative leave while the Town Council dealt with the backlash from a contingency of town residents under the banner of Take Back Our Town.
Now, Chief Reimondo and the current Town Manager Michael Maniscalco are the focus of what is proving to be another political mess.
Chief Reimondo recently accepted an offer of early retirement meant to save the town money. The offer was made to police staff with the rank of sergeant or higher and with at least 20 years of experience – which turns out to be Chief Reimondo, Sgt. Garritt Kelly, and Sgt. Michael Green. Green declined the offer.
According to Republican Town Council member Ted Hintz, Jr., the retirement agreement for Chief Reimondo included a clause prohibiting him from applying for or being hired for a position with the town.
However, Town Manager Maniscalco announced Thursday, Jan. 31 that Reimondo had been rehired as interim police chief for a three-month period, while a search is conducted for a full-time replacement.
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