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Police Chief Matt Reimondo to Remain on the Job For Another Three Months

In a press release sent out today the town says it needs Reimondo to remain as interim chief while officials undertake a national search for his replacement.

 

Unable to find an interim chief before retiring Chief Matthew A. Reimondo retired yesterday, the town has asked Reimondo to stay for another three months as the interim police chief.

The town will pay Reimondo $36.92 an hour and give him a stipend for health insurance under the agreement. As chief, Reimondo earned $99,000 annually, or about $47.5 per hour.

"After significant review of the state statutes, which dictate the appointment of a Police Chief, it has been determined that an external interim candidate is close to impossible with Chief Reimondo's January 30th retirement," the town said in its release. "While many of the candidates would be good for the permanent Chief's position the timeline presented for the interim makes the recruitment of an external candidate impractical. With both public safety and the Department's needs in mind Chief Reimondo has agreed to act as the Interim Chief while the Town Manager focuses all efforts to finding East Hampton's next Police Chief.

The search for the permanent chief has already begun and the town will make an announcement about the process tomorrow.

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Reimondo, who has been embroiled in controversy for the last few years and was let go in 2010, only to fight his way back into the job, accepted an early retirement offer from the town recently, along with longtime officer Sgt. Garritt Kelly. Both have worked in the department for more than 20 years.

After he was reinstated as chief following a town-wide vote in 2010, Reimondo sued the town over the way he was abruptly laid off. The town settled with him in 2011 for $200,000.

Sheila Barton Engel January 31, 2013 at 05:34 PM
The CP would like you to make your tax checks payable to Mathew Reimondo instead of the collector of revenue, as their way of thanking him for assisting them to reach their political goals.
eyeonthetruth January 31, 2013 at 09:48 PM
The cp has always backed this chief and kelly. Does this mistake hurt the town, you bet! there are a number officers who could carry this dept. for a few months as chief or Lt. I also agree with Sheila. I feel sorry for the rest of the police officers.
Harvey Gloatstone January 31, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Do you think Ratmondo would have accepted the interim job if he was to receive the benefits as posted on the POST web site (no health Insurance)? He should be forced to take the interim benefits and put his pension on hold. What do you think the chances would be that he would have taken it? Check the Town Charter and the IRS code. I hear the toilet flushing.
Gary B January 31, 2013 at 10:49 PM
It's to bad Sue and friends can't be sensible and have Green take the place as chief. This town is ridiculous!!
mhd1911 January 31, 2013 at 11:25 PM
worth every dime!
eyeonthetruth February 01, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Well C.P. you have your chief BACK! I though he signed a no return retirement contract. I guess anything is possible in this town!
Taxpayer February 01, 2013 at 06:36 AM
Unreal
Taxpayer February 01, 2013 at 06:51 AM
Just when things were heading in the right direction, a giant step back. What a foolish way. How about at the very worse case scenario you offer the guy to stay on & extend the retirement date indefinitely until the position is filled? NOT double his salary! If he couldn't agree to that then so be it... Far as I remember the pd ran just fine for about 6 months without a chief, then u save some cash! Until you fill the spot. Shows you exactly who Reimondo cares about, himself!
eyeonthetruth February 02, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Some one knows what their talking about !
mhd1911 February 02, 2013 at 04:06 AM
The town has run fine with him. Only trouble makers ruin the town! About two weeks ago eyeonthetruth thought the Mgr. was good.but I guss when things don't go your way it's a different story!
scuba February 02, 2013 at 05:40 AM
From now til November will have to wait to say goodbye to this council and there reckless destruction of this town. Corruption runs deep in this town C.P. time to go. Yes man (town manager) you promise hope and change, all we get is nothing but the same. As for the other members of council it sure be nice if you stop wearing your special interest tattoo on your forehead and do the job we the people elected you to do. Stop selling this town off, stop with your public display of affection to the good ole boys. It's Quite pathetic to watch your out right a$$ kising. In closing council in November we will vote y you out ..
eyeonthetruth February 06, 2013 at 09:50 PM
The sub committee to find an interim and then a permanent chief was 1 DEM,2 chathams,and a chatham "THE CHAIR" as back up! Does ANYONE think the town manager made this bone head decision by himself!
eyeonthetruth February 06, 2013 at 09:55 PM
I did think he was fine,but before part of the council sub committee ( 3 Chathams ) and he made the bone head decision to bring back that chief!

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