Longtime Dagsboro police chief leaving for school constable position

DAGSBORO — After more than three decades, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey plans to leave law enforcement for a school security position with the Indian River School District.

Chief Toomey announced at Dagsboro council’s May 20 meeting he would be submitting his resignation/retirement, having accepted a school safety/constable position at Phillip Showell Elementary School, not far from his residence in Selbyville.

“It’s been 32 years. It’s time,” said Chief Toomey.

His retirement would be effective Sept. 1 of this year.

Floyd Toomey

He has held the chief’s position in Dagsboro since January of 2007. Previously, he was police chief for the town of Ellendale. His law enforcement career began with the bi-state town of Delmar.

Of Chief Toomey’s 32 years in law enforcement, about 23 have been as police chief.

“He’s 62. He feels like it’s time,” said Dagsboro Town Manager Cindi Brought.

In preparing for the impending chief’s vacancy, council authorized Chief Toomey to advertise the job opening/description for a new chief. All applicants must be Delaware-certified.

“They (council) don’t want to have to send anybody to school,” Ms. Brought said.

Job applications close June 21. “We hope to hire by July 22. The first day for new chief would be July 22,” Ms. Brought said.

In addition to his long career in law enforcement, Chief Toomey also served 10 years active duty with U.S. Army followed by several stints with the National Guard.

He finished his military career with the Salisbury-based Maryland National Guard as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the 115th Military Police Headquarters Detachment.

With the National Guard, Chief Toomey earned the prestigious Bronze Star for leadership and service contributing to the “overwhelming success of the command’s mission” during a nine-month deployment with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. That was from Dec. 25, 2012 to September 2013.

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