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Jul 30, 2014 12:57 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Village Board Reviews Hiring Practices

Jul 30, 2014 12:57 PM

The Westhampton Beach Village Board discussed hiring practices with a representative from the Suffolk County Civil Service Department during a special public meeting earlier this week.

Discussing specific positions, such as the now vacant police chief post, as well as practices for hiring government employees in general, the board meet with Virginia Kuzemchak, the village’s civil service representative, for about an hour on Monday morning before adjourning to executive session.

Mayor Maria Moore, who was elected to her first term in June, said the meeting was called for informational purposes, so she and the other board members could ask questions and be briefed on proper hiring practices. “We just want to make sure we’re doing everything by the books,” Ms. Moore said at Village Hall on Monday.

Ms. Moore is expected to make her appointments, which will include either rehiring or replacing Village Clerk Elizabeth Lindtvit and Village Attorney Richard Haefeli, at the board’s next meeting on Thursday, August 7.

Westhampton Beach Police Lieutenant Trevor Gonce, one of the few non-board members in attendance on Monday, said the topics discussed were broad and generalized.

“They didn’t discuss anything that I didn’t already know,” said Lt. Gonce, who has expressed an interest in being the village’s next police chief.

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It's important to start hiring people outside the community who are experienced and not just rubber stamp someone because they were born and raised here. Look at the the trouble and cost of the Teller and Dean administration. Look at the WHB school with the protection of the local gym teacher who was photographing young girls changing in the locker room. They appear to protect each other as did many of the local teachers. Also the local school board president who's family has the largest vendor ...more
By realistic (472), westhampton on Jul 30, 14 8:19 PM
Realistic you obviously have no idea how civil service or unions work. You can't just fire someone, like in the private sector. Due process has to take place first. You really think the school wanted to protect someone like that, Also," hire people from outside the community" you are quite naive to the goings on, every disciplinary issue in the police dept that you have claimed, going all the way back into the 90's involved people who were hired lived outside the community ( as was the teacher). ...more
By Hollywood (86), Westhampton Beach on Jul 31, 14 10:50 AM
Hollywood you are the one who is wrong. Getting outside counsel is smart on the Village. hiring outside this community Is also smart as long as the experience justifies the hire. Look at Teller and the alleged drug allegations against his daughter. It's black and white in the papers. Look at the school - yes -protecting the teacher. Look at the way the Principal handled the whole ordeal. Obviously she was someone who was inexperienced to deal with the situation and yes many locals including some ...more
By realistic (472), westhampton on Jul 31, 14 5:37 PM
Realistic I happen to be very familiar with all that you are saying and actually agree with some of what you said. The Teller thing is also black and white in the paper that the DA ( not a local but from western Suffolk at the time) did not find any wrongdoing. Being local or a graduate of WHB school does not mean they are not experienced or uneducated. The principal is a WHB grad, however not from Whb area but from a feeder district. The superintendent of the district ( whose job would be to make ...more
By Hollywood (86), Westhampton Beach on Jul 31, 14 6:34 PM
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Realistic: every single comment you make on every single feed is the most UNrealistic! Do not quit your day job, if you hate the Village and now clearly the school district, here's an idea.... MOVE!
By beachbme11978 (78), Westhampton Beach on Jul 31, 14 7:03 PM
Beachbme I dont know why I respond to you but I will mention your arguments are poor- Your reponses are based to much on emotion and not on facts. Perfect example above. Your emotions with prior statments of "crooked resolutions", "puppet master", and "junk in your store" speaks volumes of your anger.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Aug 1, 14 3:30 PM
I am not angry that is where you are clearly confused. Once again, if you don't like this Village I suggest you move elsewhere. I love it. And, yes the things displayed inside and OUTSIDE of Shock is junk it looks tacky and trashy, which is the reason why NO OTHER STORES DO WHAT SHE DOES!
By beachbme11978 (78), Westhampton Beach on Aug 4, 14 8:56 AM
Pointless verbiage. The political opponents of the ancien régime have triumphed. They will replace the police chief with one who has no history of compliance with their political opponents and will undo their prior decisions (like prohibiting a new supermarket in violation of zoning restrictions) with which they disagree. Mayor Moore will receive the salary that she desires, either from the village or from "political supporters".

Of all the villages and hamlets on the East End, ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 31, 14 7:42 PM