Dagsboro names Seaford Lt. Flood new police chief

DAGSBORO — The town of Dagsboro has turned to the city of Seaford for its next police chief.

Steven Flood, a lieutenant and 20-year member of the Seaford Police Department, will assume the Dagsboro chief’s position on Monday, Aug. 5 as the successor to Chief Floyd Toomey, who is ending 32 years in law enforcement to take a school safety/constable position in the Indian River School District.

Following executive session at its July 15 meeting, Dagsboro council voted to select Lt. Flood.

Steven Flood

“I am stepping from pretty much the largest municipal police department in Sussex County to a smaller … but very busy police department of Dagsboro. I’m excited,” said Lt. Flood. “I want to try and bring my expertise the best in can. I have served Seaford for 20 years. I’m going to pick up right where I left off and serve the citizens of Dagsboro, just as I have the citizens of Seaford. And I hope I do them proud.”

Lt. Flood, 47, was one of 10 qualified applicants and five candidates interviewed for the chief’s posi-tion, according to Dagsboro Town Administrator Cindi Brought.

While with Seaford Police Department, Lt. Flood served with his father, Gary Flood, who was in law enforcement for 43-plus years and was Seaford’s police chief for several years up to his retirement in 2018.

Lt. Flood’s 20 years in law enforcement have all been with the city of Seaford. He is currently the lieu-tenant in charge of the criminal investigation division.

Chief Toomey has been chief of the Dagsboro Police Department since January 2007. Of his 32 years in law enforcement, approximately 23 have been as chief. Previously, he was police chief for the town of Ellendale. Chief Toomey’s law enforcement career began with the bi-state town of Delmar.

“I’ll be honest, I have big shoes to fill with Chief Toomey. He is a great guy. I really look up to him,” said Lt. Flood.

Chief Toomey announced in late May he would be retiring this year. His last day with the Dagsboro force will be Friday, Aug. 23 although he will remain on town payroll to December with accrued time.

Chief Toomey, who also served 10 years active duty with U.S. Army followed by several stints with the National Guard, is leaving Dagsboro for the constable position at Phillip Showell Elementary School in Selbyville, not far from his residence.

Dagsboro council also learned at Monday’s meeting that Staff Sgt. Harry Litten plans to retire after 12 years with the Dagsboro force. His last official day will be Sept. 27. Council accepted Staff Sgt. Litten’s retirement. Like Chief Toomey, Staff Sgt. Litten will remain on town payroll for a period of time.

Other members of Dagsboro’s police force are Lance Cpl. Nicholas Disciullo and Lance Cpl. Tyler Bare.

“It’s hard anywhere when you lose the top two people” said Lt. Flood. “It’s really hard to replace all those years of service and experience. But we’ll manage. We’ll get by.”

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