South Bethany’s newest police chief is homegrown, with 26 years of experience in the South Bethany Police Department. Town officials said Troy Crowson stood out from among the 85 nationwide applicants, including candidates from Arkansas, Ohio and Colorado.
“He started here. He aspired to this. We’re really thrilled that it’s working out for him,” said Mayor Pat Voveris at his swearing-in celebration on Oct. 10.
“He’s just someone who goes over and above,” having won multiple officer awards, she added.
A screening committee ranked the initial applications, and South Bethany’s police chief search committee considered the top four candidates.
“Troy stood neck-and-neck” with the others, eventually winning for his qualifications and familiarity, said Voveris. “It’s nice to know you have that talent in our back yard.”
“He knows the community. I think he’s very well qualified,” said resident Dick Oliver. “It’s a small town where you get to know the policemen. … He’s a good guy.”
“This community has been very good to me,” Crowson said. “I wanted to maintain the same level of service that the prior chief gave.”
Although, Crowson said, retired Chief Joe Deloach left un-fillable shoes, “He gave us a model for us to follow.”
An Ocean View resident, Crowson has already led the South Bethany police as acting officer-in-charge, after Deloach announced his retirement about three months ago.
Crowson said he is excited to serve such “kind and helpful” residents. “The people are special,” he said. “It’s a tight-knit group — just good people to work for, to know.
“Our door is always open,” Crowson said, emphasizing that the department is willing to “assist them with anything they might need assistance with.”
Master Cpl. Lee Davis will now be second-in-command on the force.
“We’ve got a very good staff,” Crowson said, so his challenge will be “maintaining in the level of service, and keeping up with technology.”