East Hampton Town Director of Natural Resources has to do with animal carcasses and violations of a permit to complete work at the Barbara Hale Preserve in Springs, according to a report from .
Penny, who has worked for the town for 25 years and is paid about $95,000 a year, was suspended without pay for 30 days, pending disciplinary charges against him, after a special East Hampton Town work session on Wednesday.
Penny also writes a nature column for The Star.
The article reports that Penny was hit with 16 charges of misconduct, incompetence and insubordination relating to the storage of animal parts or carcasses and formaldehyde in a basement storage room at . He allegedly did not have authorization or proper permits.
The charges state, according to the article, “The collection and retention of some or all of these animal remains is not required in order for you to perform your duties."
Penny also is coming under fire for failure to perform his work duties at the Barbara Hale Preserve. He allegedly violated the terms of the permit.