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Southold appoints new police captain

The Southold Town Board voted Tuesday to approve the provisional appointment of police Capt. Martin Flatley to town police chief.

Town Supervisor Scott Russell said the board considered only candidates who hold the rank of captain, which is allowed under civil service laws. Flatley is the only captain in the town police force.

The appointment will become permanent once Flatley takes and passes the civil service test for the chief’s position. His salary will be $148,838.

Flatley will replace the current chief, Carlisle Cochran, who will retire on July 6.

In other action at the meeting, the board adopted a “generic stewardship management plan” for existing open space and preserved properties that are managed by the town.

The plan involves properties without structures, excluding farmland, and includes regulations on the stewardship of those lands.

The board also voted to approve the following items:

One more meeting to revise language in the town’s amended Waterfront Revitalization Program policy.

Purchase of highway equipment not to exceed $250,000, paid for by bond sales.

Modification to the police budget that includes an additional $47,960 for higher than expected revenue for the town’s share of the county’s 911 revenue sharing fund. That money comes from cell phone and land line fees collected by the state and passed down to local police departments.

A July 19 public hearing to amend a recent zone change made in error on County Road 48 in Mattituck.

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