Charges against former Tisbury officer Kelly Kershaw dismissed


Charges against former Tisbury police officer Kelly Kershaw, in connection with her actions during a fire at her Tisbury house on May 9, were dropped on August 16, in Edgartown District Court.

Ms. Kershaw was arraigned in the district court on June 28 on a felony charge of hindering a firefighter trying to put out the fire and three misdemeanor charges, including assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and threatening to commit a crime.

“After a complete and thorough review of all of the available evidence, and speaking with all of the witnesses involved in the incident and reviewing the charges, after consultation with the police department, we arrived at the appropriate decision to dismiss that case,” Michael Trudeau, Cape and Islands first assistant district attorney, told The Times in a phone conversation Wednesday.

Attorney Theodore (Ted) Saulnier represented Ms. Kershaw in court. Mr. Saulnier, Tisbury police chief from 2002 to 2006, hired Ms. Kershaw as a full-time officer in 2004.

Selectmen fired Ms. Kershaw on June 10 following a three-hour closed-door disciplinary hearing, during which selectmen heard evidence of repeated violations of police department policy. The resolution of Ms. Kershaw’s case last week comes in the wake of a settlement she recently reached with the Tisbury selectmen, after challenging their decision to fire her on June 10.

Ms. Kershaw and the selectmen met in a closed session on June 30. Town administrator Jay Grande said they reached a “mutual agreement that is satisfactory to everyone.” The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.