Dewey Beach Police Chief Sam Mackert to retire after 33 years

Lt. Billy Hocker named interim officer in charge until new department head selected
July 1, 2022

After 33 years of service, Dewey Beach Police Chief Sam Mackert is set to retire.

Dewey Beach commissioners voted unanimously June 17 to name Lt. Billy Hocker as interim officer in charge of the police department upon Mackert’s retirement until a new chief is selected.

Town Manager Bill Zolper said a change in leadership would be difficult during the middle of the summer, and suggested the position be posted after July 15, so the selection process could begin in August. Hocker has served in the leadership role before, Zolper said.

“I have complete confidence in him,” Zolper said.

Hocker also assumed the role in 2016, when Mackert suffered a fairly severe heart attack. Hocker joined the department in 1994.

Mackert joined the department in 1989. His last day is Thursday, June 30, Zolper said. Mackert could not be reached for comment.


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