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Riverhead Town Board to return head planner to work — and strip him of his authority

by Nov 20, 2023
The Town Board is poised to order head planner Jefferson Murphree back to work this week. But he'll be coming back to a new position in a new department — and he will no longer be a department head. Instead he'll be reporting to Dawn Thomas, who will head up the new Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Meet the grand marshal of the seventh annual Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day parade

by Feb 10, 2020
Riverhead community development administrator Dawn Thomas will be the grand marshal of the Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day parade this year — the first woman to have the honor.

Town board at odds over job status of community development director

by Feb 15, 2019
Jamesport resident and former town attorney has been at the helm of the Riverhead Community Development Agency for 18 months as a provisional employee. She scored a perfect 100 on the civil service exam for the job title, and the three Republican board members want to make her a permanent hire. The supervisor wants to interview other candidates on the civil service list who also had perfect scores.

Riverhead CDA director Chris Kempner resigns

by May 1, 2017
Riverhead CDA director Christina Kempner is leaving her post to take a new job as director of the Stony Brook incubator.

Former Riverhead town attorney returns as deputy, will focus on enforcement litigation in town’s justice court

by Jun 10, 2016
Former Riverhead town attorney Dawn Thomas will be returning to Riverhead Town Hall as a deputy town attorney Sept. 1.