Dagsboro gearing to fill fourth-officer vacancy

DAGSBORO – Dagsboro town leaders are zeroing in on increasing the town’s police department back to four officers.

Town council at Monday night’s meeting approved Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey’s recommendation to create a hiring committee that will focus on filling the police department position budgeted in the current fiscal year budget.

The position will fill a vacancy created last July with the departure of patrolman James Joles, who accepted a position with city of Milford police department.

Chief Toomey said there are several applicants and the mission now is to narrow it down.

“Really, at this point we’re focused on one individual. I think the individual is ready to come on as well,” said Chief Toomey.

The council-approved hiring committee consists of Mayor Brian Baull, Town Administrator Cindi Brought, Sgt. Harry Litten and Chief Toomey.

As a non-voting committee member, Sgt. Harry Litten will serve as subject matter expert and undertake applicant background investigation.

“I’m hoping we can move forward around the first of February and hire in mid-February,” said Chief Toomey.

When hired, the fourth member will join the town’s department that includes Chief Toomey, Sgt. Litten and patrolman first class Tyler Bare.

Wanted: Maintenance employee

The impending April 30 retirement of Bob Flowers, the town’s longtime maintenance employee, will create a part-time void that when filled could possibly evolve into full-time.

Mr. Flowers, 65, announced in April 2017 he would be retiring in the spring of 2018. He has held the maintenance position for about nine years.

Bob Flowers

Council, as with the police position, opted to create a hiring committee for the maintenance position.

Council agreed to start the process by advertising for a part-time position. The job would encompass electrical, plumbing and general construction/maintenance skills and experience.

“When we talk to the individuals we can indicate that we are certainly open to potentially expanding this into a full-time position, assuming the budget can assume those costs,” said town councilman William Chandler. “For now, what we need is a part-time person. Then we can negotiate what kind of compensation it is going to be. Bob has been working for far below what the market is, to be quite honest about it.”

“It is getting too big for one man on a part-time basis,” said Mr. Flowers. “My salary was budgeted on a 16-hour week. I don’t think I’ve had a 16-hour week in two years now. There is something that always needs to be done.”

Dagsboro Vice Mayor Theresa Ulrich noted if there is enough work to keep sometime full-time there is the matter of paid benefits.

Ms. Brought said insurance alone is $10,800 a year.

Council’s hope is find and hire a qualified person – hopefully in the immediate area – who can come on board to be trained by Mr. Flowers before he retires. Mr. Flowers said he has a potential replacement in mind who has expressed interest. He also agreed to be involved in the interview process.

“I’d like to help wherever I can,” said Mr. Flowers.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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