Town Attorney Robert Kozakiewicz, who is retiring at the end of this month, is slated to receive a pay increase of just over $9,000, under a resolution on the town board's agenda Tuesday. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Town has started a search for a new town attorney.

The town board yesterday authorized the publication of a help wanted ad in the Riverhead News-Review and the town this week posted the job on the Indeed job website.

Town Attorney Robert Kozakiewicz is retiring Jan. 29. He said today he has submitted his retirement papers to the New York State Retirement System but, under state law, cannot give formal notice to the town board more than 30 days from his retirement date.

Kozakiewicz, 64, has served as town attorney since Jan. 4, 2011. He succeeded Dawn Thomas in the position. He previously served as town attorney from January 1994 until 1998.

Kozakiewicz served as town supervisor for two terms, from January 2000 through December 2003. He was a part time deputy town attorney from January 2010 through January 2011 when he was elevated to the town attorney post.

According to the posting on the Indeed job site, the job, which is full-time, will pay a salary of $110,000 to $146,000 per year.

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