New Shield on the Force

The East Hampton Village Board held a brief ceremony to welcome Richard Sperber as a full-time police officer at its meeting on Friday. Mr. Sperber, who was hired as a part-time officer last September, will assume his new role on Tuesday.

Standing at the dais, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. asked Richard Lawler, a board member and the police commissioner, to join him. Mr. Lawler in turn asked Chief Gerard Larsen to come to the dais.

“The board of trustees has authorized me to hire a new police officer,” Chief Larsen said. “I am recommending Rich Sperber . . . a great young man who grew up here in East Hampton.”

Mr. Sperber has previously worked for the town and the village, including stints as a village traffic control officer while attending college.

“As police commissioner and on behalf of the mayor and the entire village board, it’s my pleasure to present Rich Sperber with his East Hampton Village police shield and welcome him to the police department as a full-time member,” Mr. Lawler said.

“We are very appreciative that we have a new member of the police department,” the mayor said