Phillips praised for years of service

CAMBRIDGE – Members of the Dorchester County Council recognized and commended Deputy Rusty Phillips during their meeting Jan. 2. Deputy Phillips has retired from the Dorchester Sheriff’s Office after 30 years on duty.

Council President Ricky Travers (Dist. 3) read a proclamation in Deputy Phillips’ honor, noting his many years of exemplary service.
Sheriff James Phillips was present to share in the celebration of his deputy’s career. He told the county officials and members of the public that Deputy Phillips was more than an employee.

“I considered him a partner,” the sheriff said. Saying that the deputy could be trusted to complete important tasks well, the Sheriff Phillips said, “People like that are hard to come by.”

In other county business:

• Council members voted unanimously to approve a lease modification request from Economic Development. Interstate Corpack Co. will remain at 903 Woods Road, with a reduction in its lease from $833 a month to $1 a month.

“Ultimately, this will be a reduction of $90,000 over the life of the lease,” County Manager Jeremy Goldman said. In return, the company will expand and will forgo $1.1 million is assistance.

Present at the meeting were members Ricky Travers (Dist. 3), Rick Price (Dist. 4) and Tom Bradshaw (Dist. 5). Don Satterfield (Dist. 1) cast a vote by proxy. William Nichols (Dist. 2) was not present.

• A decision was deferred on a proposed amendment to county rules and regulations regarding social media. Council members at the meeting decided to wait until all were present for a more comprehensive discussion on the issue.

The Council was trying to determine an up-to-date policy applicable to posts by county employees on social media. “You have to enforce it,” County Manager Jeremy Goldman said, “but if you don’t adopt it, you have nothing to enforce.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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