Dewey town manager made a bad decision

June 5, 2014

I was dismayed to see that the Town of Dewey Beach turned down the offer of Dewey Beach business owner Steve Montgomery to pay for extra police assistance on Memorial Day Weekend. The position taken by the town manager makes no sense. The town manager apparently claims there is a conflict of interest in having a business pay for extra police assistance. That is clearly incorrect.

Countless businesses, churches, community organizations and others routinely pay for extra police assistance to provide security and safety and they have no conflict of interest issues. It is good for the Town of Dewey, its residents, its visitors, and the general public to provide for extra police for events. Steve Montgomery of The Starboard has provided payment for such events many times over the years.

When the town manager rejected that support and decided that the town would pay itself for extra police presence, he essentially gave away town funds rather than use donated funds which is the opposite of what a good town manager should do when handling town finances. The town decision was a bad one.

David Ferry
Dewey Beach

  • A letter to the editor expresses a reader's opinion and, as such, is not reflective of the editorial opinions of this newspaper.

    To submit a letter to the editor for publishing, send an email to Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer.  We reserve the right to edit for content and length.

Welcome to The Cape Gazette Archive.
This content is provided free of charge
thanks to our sponsor:

Close ad in...

Close Ad