Capt. Michael Sarlo on Thursday night was appointed the department’s next chief, effective December 28, by a unanimous Town Board vote.
His salary and contract remain to be negotiated by the board.
“The Town Supervisor and councilpersons of the Town of East Hampton have agreed unanimously that Captain Sarlo possesses the personal and professional skills, experience, demeanor and integrity—together with the highest commitment to effective, fair, honest and equal enforcement of the law required in an excellent chief of police,” reads the resolution.
His appointment is subject to satisfying Suffolk County Civil Service requirements.
The next East Hampton Town Police chief is expected to be named at a Town Board meeting Thursday night. Although town officials were keeping mum, Captain Michael Sarlo, the department’s second-in command, is likely to be named to the position, according to a person with knowledge of the appointment, but without the authority to comment on it.
Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson declined to say on Thursday who would be appointed, but did confirm that a resolution would be introduced at the meeting to name Chief Ed Ecker Jr.’s successor. Chief Ecker recently announced that he would retire at the end of the year after three years as chief.
The appointment would yield a “seamless transition” after Chief Ecker does step down on December 28, he said.
Mr. Wilkinson previously said the town would look inside the department to pick its next chief.
Other town officials on Thursday either declined to comment or could not immediately be reached. Chief Ecker likewise declined to comment, saying he would leave the announcement up to the Town Board.
Capt. Sarlo, the department’s executive officer, is the senior-most officer behind Chief Ecker. He is followed in rank by Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson and three lieutenants, Chris Hatch, the Montauk Precinct commander, Tom Grenci and A.J. McGuire. Next in rank is Detective Sergeant Rob Gurney.