Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey announced this week he is leaving the department to take a job with the Indian River School District.
Toomey made the announcement at the Monday, May 20 Town Council meeting, although Town Administrator Cynthia Brought said it was not a surprise to the council since he had told them he was looking for another job.
Toomey’s first mention of his departure was in the midst of a discussion about whether to sell a surplus car. He told the council that “my assumption is that in September someone new” might want a new car.
After Mayor Brian Baull agreed to release the department’s 2009 Ford Crown Victoria for sale, Toomey told the council to “be expecting my resignation” in the near future. He announced that he has accepted a position with the Indian River School District as a resource officer at Phillip Showell Elementary School in Selbyville.
During an executive session, which was closed to the public due to discussion of personnel matters, the Council discussed how to deal with Toomey’s accumulated vacation time, with two basic options: pay him a lump sum to compensate him for the accrued time or allow him to remain on the town’s payroll until November.
After the executive session, the Council voted to keep Toomey on the payroll until November. He will not be receiving benefits after he departs the Dagsboro Police Department, Brought said.
Toomey has been the town’s police chief for 13 years, coming to the town after being police chief in Ellendale. He has a total of 32 years in law enforcement.
He is expected to start his new job in late August or early September. “He hasn’t really given us a firm date,” Brought said.
The Town will be advertising for a new chief within the Delaware police community, and that the advertising period will close on June 21.
In addition to Toomey, the Dagsboro Police Department consists of Staff Sgt. Harry Litten and Lance Cpls. Tyler Bare and Nicholas Disciullo.
Toomey did not return a phone call for comment on his departure by the Point’s deadline earlier this week.
By Kerin Magill