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.