Seaford Police Chief Resigns To Pursue New Opportunity

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The Chief of the City of Seaford Police Department has handed in his resignation on Tuesday. His last day on the job will be Friday, March 1, 2019, according to a statement released by the department.

Chief Robert Kracyla submitted his resignation to the City Manager on Monday. He outlined his reasoning for the resignation as a new opportunity, which is closer to his family.

“We are sorry we didn’t have Chief with us longer here in Seaford, but we certainly understand how important family is to him and we are happy he will have the opportunity to serve closer to them. We have a great leadership team in place at the Seaford Police Department. We are confident in the men and women at the department, who will continue the mission to serve, as they have over the past year. Seaford will continue to be proactive against crime and drugs, as well as continuing the commitment to our community,” said Seaford Mayor David Genshaw.

During his time at the Seaford Police Department, many changes have occurred. Officer visibility has significantly increased, thus driving the crime numbers down. Officers have engaged the community’s help in solving crimes through the use of social media. Additionally, the department is currently holding its first Citizen’s Police Academy and will be hosting a Youth Citizen’s Academy in collaboration with the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club.

Charles Anderson, City Manager, stated, “Chief Kracyla will be missed by our entire community, both residents and business owners alike. We have the highest confidence in the men and women of the Seaford Police Department and 911 Center to not only carry on the initiatives that the Chief started, but improve them with professional service and community connection. On behalf of the employees of the city, we would like to wish Rob the best of luck in his new endeavor.”

When asked about his departure, Chief Kracyla stated, “I certainly have enjoyed being a part of the Seaford family and I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as your Police Chief for almost a year. I feel we as a City of Seaford team have attained some distinguished accomplishments which I am so proud to have been a part of.

Kracyla has over 35 years of law enforcement experience. Before he took the Seaford job, he worked as a patrol officer with Dover Police Department. He moved from there to the Delaware State Police, the FBI and later served as the Deputy Director of Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement.

On Monday, February 11, 2019, the Police Department promoted Sergeant Michael C. Rapa, a 22-year departmental veteran, to the position of Deputy Chief of Police.

Source: City of Seaford, De.
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