Past Chiefs

Chief Scott W. Rees Jr.

Chief Scott W. Rees Jr. was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy and received an associate's degree in advertising from Goldey-Beacom College under the G.I. bill. In 1951, he started his law enforcement career as a police officer in New Castle City, DE. In 1952, Chief Rees started with the Delaware Memorial Bridge Police as a Patrolman and was quickly placed in charge at the rank of Sergeant. He was one of the original seven officers hired for the Delaware Memorial Bridge police force in 1952. He arose through the ranks as the DRBA's first Sergeant, first Lieutenant, first Captain and only Chief of Police until he retired in 1991. Chief Rees served as commanding officer of the DRBA Police for twenty-nine (29), years. Under the command of Chief Rees, the police force expanded it responsibilities to a full-scale operation with Troops at the Delaware Memorial Bridge and the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

Chief Rees attended Northwestern University in Michigan for traffic accident investigation. He was a lifetime member of the International Association of Chief's of Police, a member of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, the American Legion Stahl Post # 30, the Delaware Safety Council, the Southern New Jersey Chief's Association, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Police Chief's association and helped found the Delaware Association of Chief's of Police, where he served as President. The Delaware Association of Chief's of Police became the Delaware Police Chief's council of which he was a life member. He also helped establish the Delaware Police Chief's Foundation.  He was awarded the first life membership in that organization this past May. Chief Rees also established the DRBA Federal Credit Union and served as its president for many years. He was an honorary life member of the Holloway Terrace Fire Co. When Chief Rees retired from the Delaware River and Bay Authority in 1991 after a thirty-nine (39), year career, he had one of the longest Police service records in the country.
Chief Rees, Jr. passed away in May 2004, after a brief illness. He was 83 years old. Chief Rees was the son of former State Representative Scott W. Rees, Sr. and Carrie Anna Shaller.

Chief Leonard D. Szafranski

Chief Leonard D. Szafranski was a veteran of the U.S. Navy (1953-1957) serving as a Communications Technician. He worked for Seaboard Steel as a welder and attended the Columbia Institute, Philadelphia, PA for Radio and TV (1958). Chief Szafranski joined the Delaware Memorial Bridge Police Department in January 1962, moving through the ranks until being promoted to Chief in August 1991. Chief Szafranski earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilmington College (1978). Chief Szafranski was the first police officer of the Delaware River and Bay Authority to graduate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA), in 1986. Chief Szafranski retired from the Authority on December 31, 1992 after more then thirty (30), years of dedicated service. Following his retirement, Chief Szafranski fulfilled the role of Consultant to the police force until 1993.

Chief Szafranski is a member of the Delaware Police Chiefs Council, the Salem County Chiefs Association, and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). He is a past president of St. Hedwig's Parish Counsel, St Hedwig Home School Association, and Salesianum Alumni Association. He also served as Chairman/Co-Chairman of St. Hedwig's Polish Festival for 15 years. Chief Szafranski passed away in February 2015.

Colonel John R. McCarnan

Colonel McCarnan began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Wilmington (DE) Bureau of Police. After two (2) years of service with that department, he moved to the New Castle County (DE) Police Department where he served for twenty (20) years. Upon retirement from New Castle County, he served four and one half (4 ½) years in Delaware State Government, first as a Deputy Attorney General (Department of Justice) and then as Executive Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Commencing on July 1, 1993, he served as the Police Administrator of the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Department (DRBA-PD) for sixteen (16), years retiring on January 8, 2010.
Colonel McCarnan led the Delaware River & Bay Authority Police to initial accreditation in 1996. The DRBA-PD was re-accredited four times under Colonel McCarnan's leadership. He has also served as a CALEA assessment team leader and was recognized as a top assessor in February 2001. Under the command of Colonel McCarnan, the police force expanded it's responsibilities to include the economic development properties of Salem Business center, NCC, Cheswold, Millville, Cape May, Delaware Airpark Airports, and the Twin Forts Ferry operations.
Colonel McCarnan received a Bachelor of Science (Criminal Justice) from Wilmington University (New Castle, DE) and a Juris Doctor Degree from Widener University, School of Law (Wilmington, DE). He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute (University of Louisville). In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor (in Criminal Justice) at the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. His professional affiliations include the following: Delaware Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar, Pennsylvania Bar, American Bar Association, U.S. District Courts for Delaware and Pennsylvania, Life Member (Past Chairman) Delaware Police Chief's Council, Executive Board Member of the Delaware Safety Council, Member of the Delaware Police Chiefs' Foundation, and Past Chairman of PAL of Delaware. He also served (6) years in the Delaware Army National Guard. He is currently enjoying his retirement.

Colonel Joseph Bryant, Jr.
Colonel Bryant began his law enforcement career as a police officer in 1976 with the New Castle County Police Department. During the next 23 years in the department, he quickly rose through the ranks. During his tenure, he managed nearly every major police unit in the department, including the Uniform Patrol Section, Drug Enforcement Unit, Community Service Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, K-9 Units, and Traffic Services Unit.  Prior to retiring from New Castle County in 2000, he was promoted from Captain to Major in 1998, responsible for the Operational Section of the Department and the Human Resources Unit. 
Colonel Bryant earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware. He also received specialized professional training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; the Senior Management Institute for Police Executives at Harvard Law School; and International Association of Chief of Police Seminars. Mr. Bryant has also served on the Board for the Delaware Police Chiefs' Foundation and the New Castle County Community Partnership. He was a member of the Delaware Police Chiefs' Council, Salem County (NJ) Police Chiefs' Council, and Cape May County (NJ) Police Chiefs' Council. He also serves as President of the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
During his career, Colonel Bryant earned numerous awards and citations, including Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Officer of the Year; Chief's Citation Award; National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives' Officer of the Year Award; VFW Officer of the Year Award; Community Policing Award; six Departmental Commendations of Merit; and three Distinguished Unit Citations. 
Colonel Bryant is an active member and Trustee Board member of Bethel AME Church in Wilmington; and the Wilmington Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In 2013, Colonel Bryant accepted a position with the New Castle County Government as Director of Public Safety following 12 years of service with the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police.