Suffolk County's former chief of detectives Dominick Varrone, shown here...

Suffolk County's former chief of detectives Dominick Varrone, shown here on June 19, 2011, will be working with Huntington's Department of Public Safety in Huntington Station. Credit: James Carbone

Huntington officials have hired retired Suffolk County Police Chief of Detectives Dominick Varrone as the town's liaison with community leaders and social services agencies, and to help restructure the Department of Public Safety amid concerns about crime in Huntington Station.

Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said Varrone will be paid up to $50,000 a year and he is expected to work about 20 hours a week.

"Mr. Varrone is the right person because he's very well respected by the community, people liked him and he's someone people feel comfortable with," Petrone said. "His focus will be working with the community; I will continue to be the main liaison with the police."

Varrone, owner of West Babylon-based Varron Solutions LLC, will work from the recently reopened town safety annex at 53 Depot Rd.

Among the issues Varrone will examine are whether there should be increased town safety patrols in Huntington Station and whether those patrols should be on their own or in coordination with police patrols, Petrone said.

Varrone said he has "lots of ideas" culled from his many years working in places such as Bellport and Wyandanch, but added there are no simple answers to complex public safety issues.

"You certainly don't turn communities overnight," he said. "But looking at the problems and getting a sense of the dynamics, looking at what's being done today and troubleshooting while putting all your law enforcement experience and management experience to work is the first step."

The board approved hiring Varrone in a 5-0 vote at its meeting Thursday.

Varrone worked for the county police department for 39 years before retiring as chief of detectives in 2011. During his tenure he headed the department's first Anti-Gang Task Force, was commander of the Kidnap Investigation Team and commanding officer of the Second Precinct, which covers Huntington Station, from 2001 to 2004.

The safety annex building is open 3 to 11 p.m. daily and staffed with town public safety personnel and code enforcement officers stopping in occasionally.

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