City of Seaford appoints new chief of police

SEAFORD – The city of Seaford mayor and council Tuesday evening voted to appoint Robert F. Kracyla, a 35-year law enforcement veteran, as the new chief of the city of Seaford Police Department and 911 Center.

The Seaford Police Department has 26 sworn officers, nine dispatchers and two administrative personnel.

Robert Kracyla

Chief Kracyla will succeed Chief Gary Flood, who is retiring April 2.

Chief Kracyla started his career in 1983, as a patrolman with the Dover City Police Department.  In 1985, he was hired by the Delaware State Police as a trooper and was assigned to Troop 5 in Bridgeville.  He worked as a road trooper until his transfer in 1986 to Troop 3 in Camden, where he worked as an assistant shift commander.  In 1988, he became a member of the DSP Special Operations Response Team where he ultimately rose to team leader and team commander positions and remained on the team his entire career with DSP.

In 1990, Chief Kracyla was transferred to the Delaware State Police Training Academy, as a drill instructor making an impact and training both state police classes and municipal officer classes. In 1994, he was promoted the rank of sergeant and transferred back to Troop 3, where he commanded a patrol shift. He was transferred to Troop 1 in Claymont as a patrol sergeant in 1995, and 1996 he was transferred into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as a task force officer conducting fugitive apprehensions.

On Sept. 11, 2001, the FBI transferred him to work terrorism investigations until his transfer in 2006 to the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the DSP Firearms Training Unit.  In November of 2008, Chief Kracyla was transferred to be executive protection detail leader for Gov. Markell.  Chief Kracyla remained in the position, as well as with SORT, until his retirement from DSP in February of 2012 after 27 years of service.

Chief Kracyla has served as the Deputy Director of Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit.  He is an adjunct instructor at Delaware Technical and Community College and is currently the vice president of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association.

“Rob brings to the Seaford Police Department an incredible background in training and leadership development that I believe will rise up our next generation of potential chiefs,” said Seaford Mayor David Genshaw. “His lifelong commitment to law enforcement and the protection of the people of Delaware will align with our local officers and their devotion to the same principles here in Seaford.  I look forward to working with Rob and the continued excellence from our Seaford Police Department.”

Seaford City Manager Charles Anderson added, “We are glad to have a dedicated public servant with the list of impressive accomplishments that Rob Kraycla brings to the Seaford Police Department as our new chief.  He will be a great addition to lead our talented staff.”

Chief Kracyla said he is “incredibly honored and proud to have been named the police chief for the city of Seaford.  I look forward to providing fair, compassionate and impartial police services to the community consistent with the departments mission of treating all persons with dignity and respect.  I look forward to building relationships with the community through outreach, transparency and ethical practices, in order to build trust and legitimacy between the police and the community we serve.”

Chief Kracyla will be sworn in on Monday, April 16 at the Seaford Police Department.

Chief Kracyla has five sons, ranging in age from 37 to 13, and he recently became a grandfather to two granddaughters.  He enjoys coaching youth football and basketball in his off time and enjoys fitness training.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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