Creighton said he is concerned by empty stores in Kings Park and Smithtown and wants to attract businesses as a means of holding down taxes. "Much has been said that 'Creighton would like Smithtown to look like Queens' . . . that is not true," he said. "I have lived in this town for 55 years. . . . It's a great town. That does not mean it cannot be improved." Creighton has proposed condensing 23 departments into four, each overseen by an appointed commissioner, for greater accountability.
Creighton, 78, of Kings Park, a Republican, is running on the Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines in the general election. Creighton graduated from La Salle Academy in Manhattan in 1955 and joined the U.S. Navy, from which he was honorably discharged in 1958. Creighton earned an associate degree in police science from Farmingdale State College, a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a master's degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. He served in the Suffolk County Police Department from 1961 to 1981, retiring as a detective sergeant. Creighton worked for the New York State Organized Crime Task Force, as part of the state attorney general's office, the next three years. From 1984 through 1989, Creighton worked in corporate investigations and securities, and in 1990 became chief investigator for the Suffolk district attorney's office. Creighton owned an investigative and security services firm from 1994 to 2001. He has served as a Smithtown councilman since 2008. Creighton is married with five children.