South Bethany - The South Bethany Town Council on Friday approved without a dissenting vote to receive police assistance from Ocean View and the Delaware State Police. It is a move that is necessary following the April 1 retirement of Police Chief Troy Crowson. Crowson's departure was the latest of several members who recently left the South Bethany Police Force putting the town in the position of having just one full time officer, Patrick Wiley. Wiley was promoted to Sergeant during the meeting.
The Ocean View officers who are part of this plan will be sworn-in next week. They will still have their full shifts for Ocean View and the additional work for their neighboring town will be overtime paid for by South Bethany.
During the meeting, Mayor Tim Saxton introduced Mike Carroll who was recently hired as a "public safety consultant." Carroll is a retired police chief living in Millsboro. Part of his responsibilities is the recruiting and rebuilding of the police force.
"It is going to take a little bit of time," Carroll told WRDE. " We are going to be particular in who we hire."