Hearing postponed for Tisbury Police Officer Kelly Kershaw


A hearing for Tisbury Police Officer Kelly Kershaw, scheduled Monday before the Tisbury selectmen, was postponed until June 10. The selectmen told The Times that Ms. Kershaw’s attorney requested the change.

The town of Tisbury placed Officer Kershaw on administrative leave on May 23 and scheduled a hearing on June 3 before the selectmen, who are the town police commissioners. Town administrator John “Jay” Grande said at that time he could not characterize the nature of the upcoming hearing or why Ms. Kershaw was placed on leave, because of her right to privacy.

Ms. Kershaw was scheduled to return to work on May 23, following more than six months on paid medical leave from the Tisbury department. She began that medical leave following an injury she sustained when she struck a tree while driving her police cruiser on November 20, 2012.

Ms. Kershaw is scheduled for arraignment on a criminal complaint charge in the Edgartown District Court on June 28 for her actions during a fire at her home on May 9. The criminal complaint charges Officer Kershaw with hindering a firefighter who was trying to put out the fire. She will also be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and threatening to commit a crime.