Frankford looks to state police following chief’s resignation

FRANKFORD – The town of Frankford’s police chief position is once again vacant.

Mark Hudson resigned July 27, leaving the small central Sussex County town without a police chief or local police coverage.

“I can’t say a whole lot about it because it’s a personnel issue. But it came as somewhat of a surprise,” said Frankford town councilman Marty Presley.

Mr. Hudson cited a difference in ideas and ideology as his primary reason for leaving.

“I had enough. I absolutely had enough. There was a lot of things I didn’t agree with,” said Mr. Hudson. “You’ve got certain rules and regulations with the police department. It’s just the way it’s set up; grants and everything else and they’ve got to be followed in certain ways.”

At Frankford’s Aug. 7 town council meeting, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey is scheduled to present a proposal for a merger of the town’s police departments.

“So, we’re going to take a look at that,” said Ms. Presley. “If that is viable we might go in that direction. But if not we’ll immediately begin the process of searching for a new chief.”

Mark Hudson resigned as town of Frankford police chief July 27 after about one year on the job.

At Dagsboro’s July 17 town council meeting, Chief Toomey said he had been approached by a member of Frankford council about the idea of combining the two police departments. Chief Toomey in his update to Dagsboro council said his proposal would be to have two separate departments under singular leadership.

Mr. Hudson said he plans to continue to work part-time with the neighboring Selbyville Police Department, a job he maintained while chief with Frankford.

“I’ve got another offer out there, too, that has come up since then, since I resigned. And that was in the works,” said Mr. Hudson.

Mr. Hudson said he thoroughly enjoyed working with the residents of Frankford and youth when he was chief. He employed a voluntary, pro-active approach to crime-fighting and enhancing public safety through programs such as Cookies with the Cop at the Frankford Public Library. He facilitated efforts to obtain smoke detectors for residents and safety equipment for skateboarders and bicyclists.

“I used a lot of my money I was making in Selbyville to pay for stuff going on in Frankford. Any food or drinks or stuff on the street, I bought with my money,” said Mr. Hudson

A retired Delaware State Police trooper, Mr. Hudson succeeded Michael Warchol, who resigned in the summer of 2016 to relocate to the Baltimore area where his wife had been transferred with her job in Homeland Security.

William Dudley had resigned as Frankford’s police chief December 2014.

For now, Frankford has no town police coverage. Mr. Presley said Delaware State Police have been contacted.

“We notified them, that Mark had resigned. We also notified the residents that he had resigned. So, for the time being anyway we’ll depend on them (state police),” said Mr. Presley. “We’re kind of like in the same situation when Dudley left.”

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

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