Speaking at the end of the swearing-in ceremony for Seaford Police Chief Marshall Craft Jr., Tom Birowski, minister at Harvest Christian Church south of Seaford, said that he believes that Craft’s appointment “is the answer to prayer.”
“Something is stirring here in Seaford,” Birowski added. “We are seeing God’s hand move in the economy and in the orchestration of the appointment of our new chief, and we are thrilled with what God is doing in the city.”
Craft, who is retired after a 30-year career with the Delaware State Police, was sworn in as head of the city’s police department Monday, May 6, in the council chambers at city hall. He replaced Robert Kracyla, who resigned his position as chief March 1 to take a job as head of the Middletown Police Department. Deputy chief Michael Rapa, a 22-year veteran of the department, served in the interim as acting chief.
“We are here to announce that a new Marshall’s in town,” Mayor David Genshaw said to open the program.
Genshaw led Craft in his vows. Craft’s wife, Teresa, held the Bible on which her husband placed his hand and his new badge was pinned onto his shirt by their daughter, Amy, and son, Ryan. Amy is a student at Towson University, Towson, Md., and Ryan is a new patrolman with the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police, stationed in Lewes. He completed the Delaware Police Academy in February.
The council chambers were filled to overflowing. Genshaw told the crowd that the success of the police department “is critical to the success of our town.” He added: “I ask all of our citizens to reach out to Chief Craft and to all of our officers and offer their encouragement and support. They work incredibly hard to keep our community safe.”
Craft told the audience that he was overwhelmed by the support he has received from the community. “I’m really proud and honored to be here,” he added. “To the mayor and the city council, thank-you so much for giving me this opportunity. I’m not going to let you down. There are a lot of good things that we can accomplish.”
Craft said that the police department’s focus is on “building trust-based relationships” with members of the community. “We all have to work together,” he said. “Trust and mutual respect are what we have to have in order to move forward.”
Craft is a 24-year resident of Seaford. He began his career in law enforcement in 1989 when he joined the Delaware State Police. There, he served as patrol office, detective, lieutenant and deputy director, and was promoted to captain in 2017. He served as deputy director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement for five years, and before his retirement he was director of the state police’s Office of Professional Responsibility, where he worked to ensure that the state police’s Internal Affairs Office worked as it should.
Craft said that he sees special significance in the fact that he started in law enforcement in 1989 and that his new badge number with the Seaford Police Department is 89. “I believe that it’s fate that I’m here,” he said.