While Suffolk Legis. Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) has criticized Steve Bellone’s administration over nepotism appointments, a resolution has been filed to get legislative approval for the promotion of Trotta’s own brother-in-law to a police detective.
The measure seeks approval for Philip Dluginski, 46, of Nesconset to hold the position. Detective appointments are made by the police commissioner and not subject to a competitive civil service exam. Dluginski is a 22-year police officer who currently makes $132,170 a year.
Trotta said he played no role in the promotion, and when he learned of it, he immediately emailed police and legislative officials to make sure the proper procedures were followed and the nepotism resolution filed.
“I wanted to make sure everything was done by the book,” he said.
Trotta added his brother-in-law also is in line to become a sergeant, based on his high score on a competitive civil service test, and said he will file similar paperwork if that promotion comes through. However, officials say promotions that are gained through a competitive civil service exam do not require a nepotism resolution.