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Oct 26, 2018 4:45 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Administrator Stephen Funsch To Retire In January; Russell Kratoville To Step In

Southampton Village Administrator Stephen Funsch, center, with Mayor Michael Irving.  JON WINKLER JON WINKLER
Oct 31, 2018 12:11 PM

Officials in both Southampton town and village governments will see a staffing shakeup in January.

Southampton Village Administrator Stephen Funsch will retire from his position and will be replaced by Russell Kratoville, currently the management services administrator for the town.

Mr. Funsch and Mayor Michael Irving confirmed on Thursday, October 25, that Mr. Kratoville will be taking over as village administrator in February after Mr. Funsch steps down on January 30.

Mr. Funsch’s current salary is $197,000 per year, and Mr. Kratoville will start in the village with a salary of $175,000 per year—a big increase from the $140,000 per year he makes with the town.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said on Tuesday that he and the Town Board have yet to begin looking for Mr. Kratoville's official replacement. Since Mr. Kratoville's current job required him to oversee numerous departments in the town, Mr. Schneiderman said that the town board will take his leave as an opportunity to specify which department certain sections of town government report to. Management of the town's fleet of vehicles will fall on the Municipal Works department, community services will fall under the Housing and Community Development department and the Safety and Risk Management Committee will report to the Comptroller's office. Meanwhile Human Resources Attorney Sandra Cirincione will serve as interim director of human resources personnel. Mr. Kratoville's last official day with the town is November 30.

"He was terrific to work with and very professional," Mr. Schneiderman said. "I hate to see him go but understand and wish him the very best."

Mr. Irving said that Mr. Kratoville has been visiting Village Hall recently to start training for his new position. “I wanted to have at least a month to two months available for someone to start and have Steve show him the ropes,” the mayor said.

Mr. Funsch, 61, said last week that he will be relocating to Sarasota, Florida, living in a house he built in 2014. “My wife retired a number of years ago, and the house we have here is too big,” he said. “It’s just an easier life down there.”

Mr. Funsch said he plans to spend his retirement doing volunteer work for the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and Smart Ride, an organization that offers people with mental and physical disabilities therapy through interactions with horses.

“I was into horses years and years ago,” he said. “I used to fox hunt and still have an interest in it. I’m too old to ride now, so I figured I’d work from the ground up.”

Mr. Funsch said he’ll miss the people and the village itself when he officially says goodbye next year.

“It has a really nice feel of small-town community, and you can really have an effect on the quality of life out here for people, which is very rewarding for me,” he said. “The village is composed of a lot of good workers.”

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Some people come with legal baggage, Russell comes with a freight car load.
Dumbo Mike Irving makes a real bad move here.
I only say this knowing both so well.
By themarlinspike (542), southampton on Oct 31, 18 3:32 PM
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Sounds like Kratoville's position is not needed, excellent savings.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 31, 18 4:06 PM
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" the Town Board have yet to begin looking for Mr. Kratoville's official replacement"

Don't bother. This was an unneeded patronage position from the start.
Excellent opportunity to save the taxpayers some money.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Oct 31, 18 4:53 PM
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All the people in the world to take this job and they come up with Russell Krapoville? Recycling the unemployable. Steve will really be missed! A giant joke
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 31, 18 5:18 PM
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What do these people actually do or accomplish? I would image you could leave both positions unfilled and no one would notice.
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Nov 1, 18 1:45 PM
The village administrator is actually a very important position. Mayor is a part time position. Administrator runs the village...
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Nov 1, 18 2:05 PM
I've worked for the Town and never was Russell involved in any decisions that made the wheels turn. My department head never once went to him to resolve an issue. Russell would walk around schmoozing with Jay or the board. The big joke around Town Hall employees is "What does Russell do? It's a patronage position.
By lirider (288), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 18 6:54 AM
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Russell and his ex wife received a 6 figure settlement from the town of Riverhead when he didn't get his way. In the court papers his wife said she couldn't be sexually pleasured by her husband because of the stress that Riverhead town put on him
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 2, 18 6:05 PM
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By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Nov 2, 18 8:35 PM
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Very costly stiffy
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 2, 18 9:15 PM
Riverhead always gets the shaft...
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 6, 18 6:52 PM
Probably wasn’t before that either....

Who’s the next Village Attorney, Tiffany??
By BostonStrong (8), Sag Harbor on Nov 2, 18 6:42 PM
What a bunch of trolls! Russell is probably the best qualified candidate for that position, and like the town, it is a position that oversees the day-to-day operations of the municipality. Clearly the village board felt the same way. Hey, it's not like he's a member of the Southampton Association, then I"d jump in and say patronage, but it isn't. Let him get settled and do a good job. I'm all for it.
By Rickenbacker (257), Southampton on Nov 3, 18 9:03 PM
The department heads run their staff. The staff do the work. The Comptroller controls the money. I worked at Town Hall, Russell was never in the picture. He had nothing to add in the 10 plus years I was there and he was there. No hard feelings towards the man but it truly was the joke amongst employees. What does he do?
By lirider (288), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 18 9:19 PM
CPA's worki g for 100k all over the place but you need this clown for 180k? Good job
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 6, 18 5:52 PM