Meet the Trustees


The current Town of Southampton Trustees are:  Eric Shultz – President, Fred Havemeyer – Secretary/Treasurer, Jon Semlear, Edward Warner, Jr., and William Pell IV.


Eric Shultz – President

Eric Shultz began his career in Town Government in 1972 when he was appointed to the Town Conservation Board at the age of 17. In 1982 he was appointed as the youngest person in Southampton’s history to serve on the Town Planning Board. After 13 years he left the Planning Board as its Vice Chairman to assume the role as an elected Town Trustee.  He has been a Trustee since 1996 and currently serves as President. 

Eric has been active in his community of East Quogue and was former Scoutmaster of the Boy Scout Troop and Assistant Chief of the East Quogue volunteer fire department of which he is now a benevolent member.  He is a retired member of the New York City Fire Patrol and served as Vice President of the Uniformed Fire Patrolman’s union.

With 39 years of service, he has amassed a large body of not only institutional knowledge but the ability to render thoughtful decisions concerning management of the waterways and the land that surrounds them.  Eric’s additional role as Trustee is historian and archivist and is currently inventorying and supervising digitization of the Trustee records

Areas of Responsibility:

  • East Quogue
  • Flanders
  • Riverside
  • Northampton
  • Quantuck Bay





Fred Havemeyer – Secretary Treasurer

Fred Havemeyer, Secretary Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, is the third generation of his family to live in Southampton Town and was brought up to have a deep appreciation and strong sense of protection for the environment and the natural resources of our town. He delicately balances the finances of the Board, as well as the coastal resources in his area.

Fred Havemeyer has a lifetime of experience on and around our bays, ocean and ponds. He worked as a professional sport-fishing captain for ten years piloting vessels as heavy as 65 tons up to 85 miles off shore from Block Island to Cape May.

Fred Havemeyer was one of the early surfers on the East End, starting in the early 1960′s and through many years in this sport learned an unparalleled understanding and appreciation for our ocean and beaches and the forces that affect them.

At the present time, Fred and his son Freddy are avid surf casters and are familiar sight fishing together on our beaches. They tag and release most of their fish.

Before becoming a Trustee, Fred Havemeyer had been an outspoken advocate for the protection and preservation of our environment and our natural resources. In this capacity, he spoke in front of the Town Board and village government on many occasions. Some of the issues he was concerned about were the building of bulkheads, preservation of open space, protecting our drinking water and strengthening the wetland laws.

In early May of 2002, Fred Havemeyer was appointed to the Southampton Town Board of Trustees. He was selected because of his extensive knowledge of and experience with our bays, beaches, wetlands and freshwater ponds and because of his active commitment to the preservation of these natural resources over the years.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Sebonac Neck
  • Art Village
  • Mecox
  • Tuckahoe
  • Southampton
  • Wickapogue
  • Flying Point
  • Water Mill
  • Hampton Park



Jon Semlear

Jon Semlear  is a respected Bayman. Jon still works the waters that he also helps to protect, giving him an essential insight into the changes and effects of Southampton’s unique coast. Jon has been lending his knowledge to better enable other Baymen and locals alike enjoy more shellfish, and cleaner water.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Sagaponack
  • Bridgehampton
  • Deerfield
  • Rose Grove
  • Noyac
  • North Side Hills
  • Pine Neck
  • Sag Harbor
  • North Haven





Edward Warner Jr.

Edward J. Warner, Jr. of Hampton Bays was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonality of the Town of Southampton on April 17, 2006. Mr. Warner filled the vacancy created by the death of his father, Trustee Edward J. Warner, Sr. on March 2, 2006. A special election was held on November 7th, 2006 to fill the remainder of Mr. Warner Senior’s term of office.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Hampton Bays
  • Tiana
  • Rampasture
  • Ponquogue
  • Canoe Place
  • Red Creek
  • Southport
  • Squiretown
  • Shinnecock Hills





William Pell IV

Bill Pell has been working on the waterways in many aspects since he was a young man. He has owned a commercial fishing vessel, managed a commercial fish dock, owned a marina and most recently raised oysters from seed. Along with being the newest trustee, he also manages several estates on the east end of Long Island. Bill currently resides in Southampton with his wife and two daughters.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Quogue
  • Westhampton
  • Westhampton Beach
  • Remsenburg
  • Speonk
  • Eastport (within Southampton Township)