Dagsboro citizens petition against commissioner

Accusations flew in a heated town council meeting at the Dagsboro Bethel Center on Monday, Sept. 25. Barbara Edick presented the council with a petition with more than 100 citizens’ signatures in favor of getting rid of the town’s police commissioner, Herb Disharoon.

Edick said Disharoon was “harassing” the current officers and giving them cause to resign. Sgt. Larry Harris gave notice of his formal resignation for Saturday, Sept. 30, and Edick claimed the other officers were to soon follow. Teresa Ulrich also spoke up, saying no other force is followed so rigidly.

Mayor Wayne Baker said he did not see the problem that Edick and Ulrich were presenting, “If by ‘harass” you mean holding the officers accountable for what they do?” he inquired.

Baker also noted that Harris did not mention any troubles with the department in his resignation letter, only that he had better career opportunities elsewhere. Council member Patti Adams said of the accusations that “there are so many misrepresentations of facts.”

The duty of the police commissioner is to monitor the daily activities of the police department, note things to be improved and serve as a liaison to the town council. It is an unpaid role to which Herb Disharoon was appointed to last December with the vote of the Dagsboro Town Council.

Town Clerk Stacey Long said that since that time there have been changes to the council and that Disharoon has been “following the directive by the new council to the best of his ability.” No action was taken against Disharoon at the meeting.