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Village Code Enforcement Officer Resigns

Board now looks to fill two positions at East Hampton Village Hall.

A longtime code enforcement officer for East Hampton Village has stepped down. 

The East Hampton Village Board approved the resignation of Thomas Lawrence, one of two code enforcement officer/building inspectors, at its meeting on Friday. 

The board also approved paying him $33,067 for unused accumulated time pursuant to the employee agreement in place. 

No further explanation was given at the meeting, though Lawrence has been on leave of absence for several months.

Afterwards, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said Lawrence's resignation was "mutually agreed upon." He said, "We wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

The mayor said the board will look to fill the "vital position" in coming weeks. Lawrence's salary was not immediately available, as Village Administrator Larry Cantwell was out of the office sick on Friday.

Lawrence could not be reached for comment.

In the meantime, the board is also focused on finding a replacement for Cantwell, who will retire in June or July. 

Rickenbach said interviews will be conducted with candidates over the next one to two weeks. "My feeling is, most likely, we will fill the position externally," he said. 

The mayor said, regardless of who replaces Cantwell, a huge void will be left in the village when the longtime administrator retires.

Esperanza Leon January 21, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Confusing report, as it speaks of Lawrence's resignation, but ends with Cantwell leaving a void.... Please clarify.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I'm sorry you feel that way. The village now has two positions to fill.

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