Kingston Police Chief Leaves For Post At Wilkes University

May 4, 2019

Kingston police Chief Mike Krzywicki retired Friday, but his time off won’t last long.

Krzywicki is taking a job with Wilkes University’s new campus police department, starting Monday.

The college recently announced its security department would be transitioning to a full-fledged police department.

Krzywicki will assume the position as lieutenant and become the deputy commander for police operations at Wilkes.

The retiring chief said it’s bittersweet to leave Kingston, but he’s looking forward to the new opportunity.

“There’s some sadness there. I’ll miss the guys. If I was just retiring, it might be different. But as far as the job, I’m still going to be working,” Krzywicki said. “I’m excited.”

Krzywicki, 51, has been a police officer for 28 years, getting his start in Dallas. He’s worked for Kingston for 26 years. He was promoted to sergeant in 2000 and chief in 2014. During his tenure, he was the handler for two of the department’s K-9s, Sax and Onyx.

Krzywicki said he had a message for everyone he worked for and with over the years.

“Thanks to all the guys who helped me get where I was,” Krzywicki said. “You truly can’t do the job alone.”

Krzywicki’s new boss, Wilkes University police Chief Chris Jagoe, heaped praise on his new lieutenant, saying Krzywicki “brings a history of public service” to the department.

Aside from being a police chief, Krzywicki has a master’s degree and is a college professor who teaches about investigations and community policing.

“We feel he is a natural fit. It’s the best of both worlds,” Jagoe said. “Mike is a very competent and qualified executive.”

Jagoe said the department, which will have investigative and arrest powers, will be fully up and running by the end of the summer. The department will have 19 police officers, five other officers, seven communications officials, and several support staff members.

“As Wilkes University moves forward with its police department, we are happy to have someone like Mike Krzywicki come aboard,” Jagoe said.

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