Islip names new public safety chief

John J. Carney, who has worked for the

John J. Carney, who has worked for the town for 20 years, was appointed commissioner of the Public Safety Department, which laid off 27 of 87 employees through budget cuts. (Dec. 28, 2007) (Credit: James Carbone)

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The Islip Town Board has appointed a longtime town employee to lead its slimmed-down Public Safety Department.

John J. Carney, who has worked for the town for 20 years, was appointed commissioner of the department, which laid off 27 of 87 employees through budget cuts.

Carney, a Republican, has served as acting commissioner of public safety, which oversees code enforcement, emergency management and parking violations, since August when the previous commissioner and deputy commissioner resigned. Town officials said then the appointments of the commissioner and deputy commissioner were short-term and the resignations were expected.

Carney will begin his new role immediately and be paid $90,000 annually, a $10,000 raise from his previous salary, said town officials, who added that the commissioner under the previous administration was paid $111,000 per year.

"John has demonstrated his abilities to perform this role and has earned the confidence of the board to receive this appointment," Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci said in an email. "The Town greatly benefited from John's leadership during the [superstorm] Sandy response and recovery, and will continue to progress under his leadership as we also continue restructuring the department in 2013."

Carney, 50, of Bay Shore, has worked for Islip Town since 1993, beginning as a hazmat team leader and spending 16 years as a mechanic at Long Island MacArthur Airport, according to his resume.

Carney, whose public safety budget for 2013 is $4.2 million, said in an interview he's ready to do more with less. "I could always use more manpower, but by streamlining, I believe we're going to have the tools we need to enforce the town code," Carney said.

He also serves as one of five commissioners of the Brentwood Fire District. He was elected to a five-year-term in 2011. He was previously the fire district's chief for eight years.

He graduated from Brentwood High School in 1980 and studied fire administration at Empire State College.

Carney said his goals for the department are "to make our residents safe by enforcing the code . . . [and] to continue the recovery from the Hurricane Sandy, the disaster."

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