Steven E. Skrynecki | Nassau County Police Department photo
Steven E. Skrynecki | Nassau County Police Department photo

The Southampton Town Board has appointed Nassau County Police Chief Steven E. Skrynecki as the town’s new police chief.

He will take office on January 16, 2017, and Southampton Town Police Captain Lawrence Schurek will serve as acting chief until that time. 

Chief Skrynecki, a part-time resident of the Southampton area, was selected by the town board to replace Chief Robert Pearce, who retired from the Southampton Town Police Department last Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

Chief Skrynecki has been the Chief of the Nassau County Police Department since 2010.  He started as a patrol officer in Nassau County in 1974 and has served as Commanding Officer of the Robbery Squad, Vice Squad, Narcotics Squad, Internal Affairs, and Chief of Detectives. 

His recent executive initiatives include an active shooter program, ethics and policing with integrity, community police relations programs, heroin and gang abatement programs and security for presidential rallies and debates, including last week’s presidential debate at Hofstra University.

“The chief comes to us with tremendous experience,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who added that Chief Skrynecki’s experience could give the town insight into emergent issues that the town has not yet faced. “It gives us extraordinary peace of mind that he will lead our police department in the years ahead. He’s the perfect candidate to take the reins from Chief Pearce, who led the department with such distinction.”

“I don’t know how to say thank you enough to this individual who has served this town so well,” said Mr. Schneiderman of Chief Pierce, who began working for the town police in 1981. “He’s one of the good guys. He’s done a tremendous job protecting public safety.”

Chief Skrynecki will be the fifth police chief since the Southampton Town Police Department was founded in 1951. 

“I’m excited about the opportunity to come here,” said Chief Skrynecki. “The timing works well for me and my personal life and my family. This is going to be another exciting chapter in my life.”

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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