Clayton council sets special meeting to discuss police chief arrest

Brian C. Hill

CLAYTON — A special town council meeting is scheduled for next week following the arrest of Clayton Police Chief Brian C. Hill for alleged drunken driving on Aug. 12.

On Tuesday at 4 p.m. at town hall, Clayton officials are slated to introduce a “motion to adjourn into executive session to consider an employee disciplinary matter/personnel matter.”

The one item on the agenda is closed to the public due to it being personnel-related. No employee’s name was listed on the notice and an attempt to officially confirm the identity on Friday was unsuccessful.

When news of Chief Hill’s arrest broke last week, Clayton Mayor David Letterman said an upcoming special council meeting would be convened. A meeting notice was posted on the town’s clayton.delaware.gov website earlier this week. Town hall is located at 414 Main Street.

Chief Hill, 47, of Dover, did not return several requests for comment last week after the Delaware State Police confirmed to a traffic stop and ensuing charges to the State News. Citing policy, no employment information was disclosed.

Mayor Letterman did not learn of the alleged incident until late on the night of Aug. 16. When contacted by a reporter earlier in the day, the mayor said he was not aware of any possible traffic stop involving the police chief and would look into it.

On Aug. 17, the mayor confirmed that Chief Hill was involved in a stop. He would not say who called who to discuss the misdemeanor arrest.

Chief Hill’s blood alcohol concentration level was listed as 0.16 percent on a revised summons filed by a State Police trooper, corrected from an earlier listing of 0.016. Delaware’s minimum threshold for drunken driving is 0.08.

Chief Hill was stopped while driving a silver 1998 Porsche Boxter on Sunnyside Road just after 10 p.m. on a Saturday. Police would not disclose if he was alone at the time.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain a single lane charges followed an investigation.

A summons originally listed the stop as occurring in New Castle County, which was later corrected to Kent County. An initial appearance was scheduled for Sept. 1 in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas in Dover. The ticket originally listed a mandatory appearance scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 16 at JP Court 11 in New Castle

Chief Hill is a Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council trustee and was named Smyrna Police Department Officer of the Year in 1999.

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