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Open Letter to the Town of Riverhead:

It was with a heavy heart that I delivered my resignation to the town board last week. In my relatively short time in Riverhead, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many dedicated and capable colleagues that I will truly miss. People are working hard, daily, for the betterment of the town and I think it’s important that the people outside of Town Hall know and believe that.

Particularly, I’m incredibly proud of my staff in the building department, both past and present, in the changes we’ve made and the good practices that we’ve continued. I’ve often said that the process does not exist to serve itself, but it is there to protect and preserve the residents’ quality of life and biggest investments, in their homes and businesses.

I’ve grown very fond of the people of Riverhead. This town has a lot of character and a lot of characters. There is a sense of community here that I had not personally experienced in my life on this great island. Although I’ll always be from “up west,” I felt welcomed and thought I fit in. In fulfillment of my station’s duties, which are not always pleasant, you’ve given me respect and have always had mine.

In coming here a little over five years ago, I quickly learned what most of you already know. This is a great town to live and work in. I’m saddened to leave and wish nothing but the best for Riverhead, because you deserve it.
I guess what I’m saying is thank you, to all of you.

Forever your friend,
Brad Hammond
Chief building inspector

Editor’s note: Brad Hammond’s resignation is effective April 12, 2019. He has accepted a position with the Village of Westhampton Beach.

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