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Reimondo Accepts Early Retirement Offer

Longtime Chief Matthew Reimondo and Sgt. Garritt Kelly are leaving under an agreement reached with the Town Council.

 

Police Chief Matthew Reimondo and Sgt. Garritt Kelly have accepted a buyout offer from the town, a move that will end their more than 20-year careers here.

The Town Council met in a special session on Thursday and after “significant deliberation and conversations” Kelly and Reimondo accepted the town’s offer of an early retirement package.

Under the agreement the chief’s and sergeant’s jobs here next week will end and the town will add three years’ worth of time to both of the officers’ taxpayer-provided pensions, according to a release the town issued today.

However, both men will remain in their current jobs, and will be paid on a per diem basis, through Jan. 31, while the town undertakes a search to replace them.

“Both Chief Reimondo and Sergeant Kelly are wished well in their retirement and thanked for their combined 54 years of excellent service,” the town said in its release today. “The Town will open a national search in coordination with the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association to identify and recruit a talented individual for the position of Chief.  The decision to fill the sergeant’s position will be one of the first responsibilities of the new Police Chief. “

By Jan. 31 the town will hire an interim police chief and will begin working with the Connecticut Police Chief’s Association and will undertake a national search to find a replacement for Reimondo.

Town officials estimate they will save $103,000 annually by the early retirements.

Reimondo was hired in 1985 as a patrol officer and was promoted to sergeant four years later. In 1998 he was appointed chief at the age of 35. He is a graduate of Buffalo State College, the FBI National Academy and the FBI Executive Development Seminar.

His career, the town’s release says, is “full of major achievements and awards” including:

  • Responsible for East Hampton’s first drug assets forfeiture seizure and retention of $11,000 in cash which initiated a new town account in 1990 to fund Police Department operating expenses (previously the money would have gone to the State);
  •  A departmental citation for bravery for entering a burning structure and evacuating multiple families;
  • The Medal of Valor for involvement in a 1997 multi-town high speed pursuit with shots fired in an effort to apprehend an armed robber;
  • The Department Meritorious Award for involvement with DEA meth lab seizures;
  • Founded the East Hampton Explorer Program
  • DARE instructor for over 10 years
  • And received the Chief Michael Green award 2007.

More recently, Reimondo was at the center of a controversy involving efforts by some town officials to remove him as chief.

In 2010 he was abruptly laid off as police chief. In August of that year, Reimondo filed a civil suit against the town and that fall he was overwhelmingly returned to office by referendum his lawsuit was settled the following year. Reimondo had complained that his ouster was politically motivated by then-Town Manager Jeffrey O’Keefe after Reimondo assisted several female employees who complained that O’Keefe sexually harassed them. O’Keefe later left his job here.

Kelly joined the East Hampton police force in 1987 as a patrol officer and shortly after was recognized for his investigatory skills and became one of the department’s detectives.

In 1993, he was promoted to sergeant and the department's primary criminal investigator. By 1998, he was named the senior sergeant. He is a 2005 graduate of the FBI National Academy and has an extensive training record in criminal investigations.

 

 

 

 

kelly January 04, 2013 at 11:19 PM
What is Sgt. Green doing?
MartyD January 05, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Why not eliminate the position of Chief all together?
Laurie S. January 05, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Marty I agree and Sgt. Green is staying !!!!!!!!!
MartyD January 05, 2013 at 10:34 AM
hawkeye i guarantee you I have been here longer than you and have seen and heard more than you will ever know about the goings on in this town ....Reimondo got his job back because the Chatham Party wanted to politicize his firing and drew a line in the sand and Matts minions in this town ran to his defense.l He walked with a pocketfull of cash then and his Chatham buddies are making sure he a Kelly are walking with another one now and before you start rambling yes Jeffie got a pocketfull too and I didn't agree with that at all.It is time now for the town to look further at cost savings measures just like all corporations and businesses are., We do not need a Chief in a special car, wearing a special uniform sitting in a special office. What we need is a working Lt. handling day to day assignments and tasks reporting to the Town Manager. Lets really look at ways to make this opportunity cost effective/
eyeonthetruth January 05, 2013 at 03:39 PM
That's the truth!
kelly January 05, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I wish the Chief all the best! Go work in a nicer place for 15-20 years aqnd retire on a good healthy package. You came out the winner! Too bad Green & Salafia aren't going then the town would really have a great new start.
MartyD January 05, 2013 at 05:16 PM
@hawkeye It would stand a better chance to pass now because people would be thinking with their heads and not their hearts as Reimondo has been removed from the equation .
eyeonthetruth January 05, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Maybe the lawsuits will go away now!
Gina Nonarc January 05, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I agree w/Kelly about Green & Salafia, leaving the bad blood behind now. I wish Matt & Sgt Kelly all the best and hopefully our new town manager or the police council chooses someone good for our town.
Normal Taxpayer January 05, 2013 at 08:23 PM
If your opinion of the town of EH is purely formed around your opinions of and dealings with the local PD, you're part of the problem with this town. I've lived here for 25 years, and like 99% of residents, I've never been on the receiving end of police service. Why? Because I'm normal. It doesn't matter who the names of local cops are, there's a certain handful of residents who will always feel they are hassling them (where ever they live). So tired of the reputation East Hampton maintains, the drunk trailer park mentality has to stop.
kelly January 05, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I have no problem persay with the police dept. They do an excellent job! It's just that Green & Salafia were and are tied in with what caused alot of the problems we had over the past two years.We need all new fresh faces in the dept.
eyeonthetruth January 06, 2013 at 10:09 AM
The dept. Will be fine without those two! And the cost of overtime will lower (Kelly).
eyeonthetruth January 06, 2013 at 12:16 PM
We need a retired st.policeman as chief or Lt. To run the dept.and be a detective. Also community friendly!
eyeonthetruth January 06, 2013 at 01:55 PM
We need a chief that respects his officers and doesn't play favorites!
mhd1911 January 06, 2013 at 03:33 PM
See how things can be done smoothly with the right mgr. & council! If this had been done like this two years ago we would have saved lots of money and town reputation! It just took the right people to handle the situation properly andprofessionally. Let's move on and let these same people handle things.
eyeonthetruth January 06, 2013 at 03:47 PM
The right council? No. The right town mgr. Yes.
mhd1911 January 06, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Best town council in years!
eyeonthetruth January 06, 2013 at 05:59 PM
You are a cp puppet!
mhd1911 January 06, 2013 at 07:43 PM
No one of your republicans non puppet! I'm my own person.
Thomas Johnson January 07, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Cashier the entire lot of these doughnut chomping, taxpayer bleeding Barney Fifes and hire the Connecticut State Police. You're already paying for them. Why let these East Hampton Keystone Kops double-dip?
eyeonthetruth January 19, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Why did't the council take the first step to retire these two! Why,because they support these two and more E MAILS were coming,lawsuits pending etc. I applaud town manager for doing what was right for the town.

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