With Town Police Chief Edward Ecker Jr. scheduled to retire at the end of the year, the East Hampton Town Board voted unanimously last week to replace him with another high-ranking officer in the department, Capt. Michael Sarlo.

Ecker’s retirement and Sarlo’s promotion are to officially take place Dec. 28.

When the town board approved Sarlo’s promotion on Thursday night in a 5-0 vote, they said the timing would help ensure a smooth transition in the replacement of Ecker, who has been chief since 2010 and has served on the department for more than 30 years.

Sarlo, the department’s executive officer, has been in the town police department for 19 years. His salary is to be subject to negotiation.

In the resolution naming Sarlo to head the department, which has a budget of $16 million, the town board said both he and Ecker have served the town with “skill, honor and distinction.”

Ecker, who worked in the police department’s detective division for 14 years, is son of former East Hampton Town Supervisor Edward Ecker Sr. 

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