Hearing Officer Hired in Larry Penny Case

Posted on 23 December 2011

On Tuesday, the East Hampton Town Board appointed Eileen Powers, an attorney out of Riverhead, to serve as the hearing officer in a disciplinary case town attorney John Jilnicki has brought against longtime Natural Resources Department Director Larry Penny.

Penny, a Noyac resident who was suspended two weeks ago without pay, could face termination depending on the findings during the hearing.

According to the town board resolution, Powers will be paid $750 per day. She will be charged with reviewing the case and making a recommendation to the town board on Penny’s fate, according to the town board resolution approving her hire. No date had been set for the hearing by Tuesday afternoon.

Penny, a decades long town employee and Natural Resources director, faces 16 charges of misconduct and incompetence, mostly relating to the alleged storage of animal carcasses on town property.

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