East Hampton is beginning a new chapter with a new police chief.
Sean Cox, a 21-year-veteran, of the state police, has been tapped as its new police chief.
Chief Cox was sworn-in on Thursday morning after beating out dozens of other applicants for the town’s top law enforcement job.
“I have a very varied background to include -- major crime, internal affairs … being a resident trooper supervisor to two different towns … has prepared me to take over the ranks,” Cox said.
A new police chief is welcome news to people in East Hampton, including Lisa Baer.
“We needed a new one. It was time,” she said.
Chief Cox replaces Matthew Reimondo, whose tenure was rocked by controversy.
He was ousted by the town’s former manager in 2010, took legal action and then won his job back by popular vote.
Reimondo has been serving as interim police chief, a decision that didn’t sit well with many around town.
Town Manager Michael Maniscalco said he had many things to consider before deciding on a new chief.
“There were a lot of evenings spent sitting, thinking about this,” he said.
Now that it’s official, Cox wants to focus on transparency and working with the force.
“[I’ll be] meeting with the officers, getting to know them, getting them to know me,” he said.
Maniscalco said Chief Cox signals a fresh start for East Hampton.
“It’s definitely a new beginning. I think there’s a lot of things that we need to work on,” he said.