Seaford hires Marshall Craft Jr. as chief of police

SEAFORD — After a vote Tuesday, the city of Seaford has announced its new police chief will be Marshall D. Craft, Jr., a 30-year law enforcement veteran who will lead the Seaford Police Department and 911 Center.

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

Chief Craft, who will be sworn in on Monday, May 6 in the council chambers at Seaford City Hall, started his career in 1989 with the Delaware State Police. He has served as patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and deputy director, before being promoted to captain in April 2017.

“I am very excited to have Marshall Craft as our next Chief,” said Seaford Mayor David Genshaw. “He knows our officers and is committed to make his hometown the best it can be. He will be tasked to be in the community, to keep our streets safe, and to build depth within the leadership of the Seaford Police Department. I am confident in Chief Craft’s ability to deliver. We are looking forward to him being on our team.”

“We are excited to have a public servant and Seaford resident of the caliber of Marshall Craft as our next Seaford chief of police,” said Seaford City Manager Charles Anderson. “His leadership experience, education, and service accomplishments are exemplary. We are looking forward to the many contributions he will make to our police department and our community.”

Prior to his law enforcement career, he served four years active duty with the United States Navy and was honorably discharged at the end of his obligation.

Chief Craft said he is “honored and excited for the opportunity” to serve as the chief of police for the city of Seaford.

“The Seaford Police Department and 911 Center are comprised of dedicated women and men who proudly serve our community by following the department’s mission of treating all persons with honesty, integrity, and compassion,” Chief Craft said. “My goal as chief will be to focus on mutual respect by continuing to build trust-based relationships with our community, local businesses, and counterparts in law enforcement. My long-term vision is to enhance the relationships with our community through ethical practices, Safety, Partnerships, Enforcement, Community outreach and Transparency (RESPECT).

“Through mutual respect, I strongly believe we will accomplish our mission to provide fair, compassionate, and impartial police services to the citizens and visitors of the City of Seaford.”

As chief, Chief Craft succeeds Robert Kracyla, who submitted his resignation in February, citing a new opportunity closer to his family. His last day on the job was March 1.

On Feb. 11, the city announced the promotion of Michael C. Rapa from sergeant to deputy chief of police.

Chief Craft has been a certified instructor at the Delaware State Police Academy in numerous capacities, and has advanced his knowledge by attending various trainings, including Stratified Policing Model, an FBI Seminar on Promoting the Law Enforcement Image, Leadership in Police Organizations, and Improving Police-Citizen Contact/Culture Awareness. In addition to his law enforcement training and certifications, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington University.

Chief Craft has resided in Seaford for 24 years with his wife, Teresa, and their two children, Ryan and Amy. As their children progressed through school, Chief Craft volunteered with school-related activities as an assistant wrestling coach at the Seaford High School and a volunteer wrestling coach for the Seaford Middle School.

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