A day before incoming Southampton Police Chief Steven Skrynecki was scheduled to take office Friday, town officials said his start date has been postponed until mid-April.
Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said Thursday that it made more sense for Skrynecki — the chief of department for Nassau County Police — to take on the role later because of a prior commitment in early April.
In the meantime, Skrynecki will continue to work as a consultant for the town department at least two days a week, which he has been doing since January.
“The enhancement of the police department is underway. Things are going smoothly,” Skrynecki said in a telephone interview Thursday.
The town board appointed Skrynecki, 64, to replace now-retired Police Chief Robert Pearce in September. Skrynecki was initially expected to begin the Southampton job on Jan. 16, but that start date was postponed to March 17.
He is on administrative leave from the Nassau department, where he has served for 42 years.
While Capt. Lawrence Schurek has helmed the 100-person department as interim police chief since October, Skrynecki has “been playing a very helpful role already,” Schneiderman said at a town board meeting Thursday.
Skrynecki has identified sources of funding for more police equipment, worked with the administration to improve internal police policies and conferred with town employees about storm management during the last two major storms, Schneiderman said.
Councilman John Bouvier said that Skrynecki is also planning to meet with members of the Flanders, Riverside & Northampton Community Association, a civic group in Flanders, on Monday night.
“He’s everywhere,” Bouvier said. “It’s like he’s full-time already.”