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Rehoboth Beach Patrol captain resigns abruptly

Courtesy of Rehoboth Beach Patrol
Kent Buckson - the long-time captain of the Rehobth Beach Patrol has resigned.

The long-time captain of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol has resigned after 34 years.

Kent Buckson submitted his resignation last Friday, effective immediately. 

Buckson did not give a reason for the abrupt resignation after 34 years on the patrol, the last 21 as captain.

Mayor Stan Mills accepted the resignation, and in a statement said he thanked Buckson for his years of service to the city.

Buckson’s resignation comes after filing an appeal with city commissioners in late October questioning City Manager Sharon Lynn's ability to delegate her responsibility from one department to another department according to the Cape Gazette.

It was reported that Buckson said the police chief was given control of the beach patrol by Lynn as a response to COVID-related beach closures and the lifeguards were expected to work as security patrol.

Buckson said after the season - Lynn wanted to keep the beach patrol under police control, and in his case against the change, he said the city charter says beach patrol is under direct control of the city manager. The Commissioners determined it wasn’t warranted to move forward with the appeal.

There was no immediate word on who would replace Buckson.

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