Town Of Dewey Beach Addresses Alleged "Slush Fund"
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 2:46 AM
By Timothy Parker
(DEWEY BEACH, Del.) - In the middle of all the Marc Appelbaum drama earlier this year, there were accusations made against the Dewey Beach Police.
"Dewey Beach Police run a slush fund of off-budget funding," said Jeffrey Smith, a concerned resident.
But the Dewey Beach Board of Commissioners says this isn't the case. Commissioner Paul Bauer says police get equipment from a federal program.
"Where the problem has come in is how the town has treated it because they never put any of these items on the town books," Bauer said.
Town officials say when those donated items were sold, the money went to a designated police account and accounted for.
But the lack of transparency led to a heated debate among the board.
"I mean no disrespect but this has been a known entity since 2016 and nobody cared until now. so now it's a crisis," said Mayor T.J. Redefer
But why didn't Appelbaum as town manager record the police equipment received from the federal program?
"That's a good question. I don't know. I wasn't in office then," said Bauer.
Now the commissioners want to make sure everything is clear and open to the public
"I think the biggest part of today, even with the tense conversation that happened is that we're at a realization is that we are at a point where we can begin again and we can do it right," Redefer said.
Of course, Dewey Beach is looking for its next town manager, who will have this and many other items to try and rectify.