Seaford Police chief resigns to seek ‘new opportunity’

SEAFORD — Seaford Police Chief Robert Kracyla has tendered his resignation, effective March 2.

Mr. Kracyla, who served for nearly a year, submitted his resignation to the city manager on Monday.

He outlined his reasons for the resignation as new opportunity, which is closer to his family, according to a city news release.

“We are sorry we didn’t have Chief (Kracyla) with us longer here in Seaford, but we certainly understand how important family is him and we are happy he will have the opportunity to serve closer to them,” Mayor David Genshaw said.

“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 continued commitment to our community.”

The city said officer visibility has significantly been up during Mr. Kracyla’s tenure, thus driving the crime numbers down. Officers have engaged the community’s help in solving crimes through the use of social media, according to the news release.

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.

According to City Manager Charles Anderson, “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.”

Mr. Kracyla said, “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.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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