South Bethany bids farewell to Chrobot, welcomes Stiffler


Retiring Public Works Supervisor Don Chrobot was recently honored for his dedication to the Town of South Bethany.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter

After 13 years of managing all physical aspects of the Town South Bethany, Don Chrobot has retired as public works supervisor.

Both the town council and his coworkers applauded Chrobot as he recently accepted a resolution in honor of his dedication to the Town.

“Don has worked professionally and skillfully. … Don has always interacted with property owners, town volunteers, co-workers and council members respectfully and with a positive uplifting demeanor.”

He was commended for his faithful service and was offered sincere thanks for countless projects, including stormwater projects, canal diffusers, drainage, Adopt-A-Canal road-end programs, artful streetscaping, movie nights, street repairs, storm preparation and recovery, snow removal, beach maintenance and more.

“It was a quick 13 years, let me tell ya,” said Chrobot, joking that he’ll be back to help with their award-winning Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade float. “We can’t let the other towns off the hook.”

Taking over in Chrobot’s stead these days is Jon Stiffler, a South Bethany seasonal employee of three years. 

“His ‘official’ start date as Public Works supervisor is Sept. 1. But, obviously, since Don Chrobot left on Aug. 1, Jon has stepped up to the plate!” said Town Manager Maureen Hartman. “We are all very happy that he accepted the position and look forward to a long working relationship with him!”

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter