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Cummings Appointed Southampton Village Police Chief in Split Vote

Position filled after last chief left for same post at town level.

Capt. Thomas Cummings has been appointed the new chief of the in a 3-2 decision.

The village board voted Thursday night with Mayor Mark Epley and Trustees and in favor and Trustees Nancy McGann and Richard Yastrzemski opposed.

Cummings fills a vacancy created when to take the same job with the . His first day with the town was May 16, and the village board had 90 days to name a provisional chief.

The village board started the selection process by interviewing several eligible sergeants as well as the captain and lieutenant. That field was narrowed down to three choices, Cummings, Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison and Sgt. David Dorchak.

To keep the job, Cummings must pass a Civil Service police chief exam in March. Epley has said that Cummings passed the test twice before, but the scores have expired so he must take the test again.

Now the village board is faced with appointing a new captain, second in command of the department.

Roger Blaugh June 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Congratulations to Captain Cummings, a fine man for the job who has worked his way up through the department over his many years on the force. I think Captain Cummings would have been Billy Wilson's choice for his replacement, too, if he had been asked. Good luck in your new command, Tom, from everyone in the Village of Southampton!

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