The Riverhead Town Board hired Brad Hammond of Farmingville today to be its new senior building inspector, filling a post that had been occupied by a part-time employee since former building department coordinator Leroy Barnes retired in mid-2011.
Mr. Hammond worked for Huntington Town and was tops on the county civil service list for senior building inspectors. His salary will be just over $70,000, officials said.
Councilman John Dunleavy opposed the move, saying the salary given to Mr. Hammond was higher than the normal starting salary for that position. He also said he felt a town resident should get the job.
Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said the town has saved more than $400,000 by not hiring a full-time person to replace Mr. Barnes.
In addition to the senior building inspector position, the town also now has a planning director plus a planning and building administrator who oversees both departments.
To see what else happened at Tuesday’s Riverhead Town Board meeting, click below to read a recap of reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting.