‘It’s Time,’ Says Sag Harbor Police Chief

Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Thomas Fabiano will step down in January. T.E. McMorrow

Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Thomas Fabiano will step down early next year from the post he has held since 2001 early.

The village board approved his retirement on Tuesday night. It will begin with terminal leave on Jan. 16, so he can take unused vacation time. His actual retirement date will be Jan. 14, 2017.

Chief Fabiano, 61, made his retirement plans known publicly when he submitted a letter to the board on Sept. 25 starting with, “It’s time.” After 38 years with the department, he said, with “a heavy heart,” he was ready move on. “I have given the village and my position my very best and have always kept its interest in mind,” he wrote in the letter, calling his time as chief “a remarkable experience.”

He was not at the meeting on Tuesday.

The search is under way for a new police chief. Applicants have already come forward from both in and outside of the 11-person department.

Chief Fabiano’s salary is listed at $156,000 per year, and he is set to receive a $20,000 raise per year for this year and next.