Robert Kracyla was sworn in as the chief of the Middletown Police Department March 4. Former Middletown police chief Michael Iglio retired in January after serving as chief since August 2017 and a member of the department since 2007.

Middletown’s new police chief, Robert Kracyla, was officially sworn in March 4 at town hall at a ceremony in front of his family, friends and members of the police department and the town council. Mayor Ken Branner led the oath of office, while Kracyla’s mother, Agnes Kracyla, held the Bible.

Kracyla has 37 years of law enforcement experience, beginning as a Dover police patrol officer.

He was a Delaware State Trooper for 27 years. While a trooper, he also served 10 years as an FBI Federal Task Force Officer, conducting fugitive apprehensions and terrorism investigations. His final assignment as a trooper was as the detail leader of the governor’s protection team for Jack Markell.

Starting in 2012, he served as the deputy director of Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, and in 2014, he attended the FBI’s Senior Executive Management School for 13 weeks and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Kracyla was named chief of the Seaford Police Department in April 2018, where he said he was committed to community policing and relationship-building between the police and the community, establishing the town’s first Citizens Police Academy and Youth Academy. He said he worked to proactively fight the opioid epidemic through prevention and enforcement, and worked to establish a social media presence. He said he plans to continue these interactions in Middletown.

“As an active member of the Middletown community, I look forward to establishing increased visibility in the community and maintaining active community partnerships,” Kracyla said in a press release.

Kracyla is a father to five sons, one who is a senior at Middletown High School and one who is an eighth-grader at Everett Meredith Middle School in Middletown.

Middletown Mayor Ken Branner said he is thrilled with the interview panel’s choice of Kracyla.

“He is going to be a terrific asset to our police department and I look forward to working with him,” Branner said in a press release.

Former Middletown police chief Michael Iglio retired in January after serving as chief since August 2017, and is now working in the criminal justice program at Delaware Technical and Community College. He served in the Middletown Police Department since 2007, after starting his law enforcement career with the New Castle County Police.