Sussex sheriff's bid to extend reach curbed
County puts the kibosh on posse, traffic stops, criminal roundups
Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher has ordered his deputies to round up wanted criminals and make traffic stops and has formed a volunteer "posse," county officials say.
County Administrator David B. Baker has ordered the sheriff to stop those activities immediately and warned that continuing them will be treated as insubordination on the part of his deputies.
The controversial Christopher has been engaged in a public fight with other county leaders -- including fellow Republicans -- over his powers and authority. Christopher says Delaware sheriffs are law-enforcement officers with full arrest powers; their role has traditionally been confined to serving court papers and running foreclosure sales.
According to an Oct. 31 memo from Baker obtained by The News Journal:
» Deputies have been ordered by Christopher to stop vehicles for speeding, reckless driving or DUI, and to research outstanding warrants and take wanted people into custody.
» Christopher has named a volunteer "sheriff's posse" and appointed special deputies, who all wear uniforms.
Is this Sheriff not aware that the Sheriff before him had similar ideas and got shot down big time???
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