The City of Marco Island and Police Officer Ed d’Alessandro have resolved the grievance filed by D’Alessandro contesting his termination from the Marco Island Police Department on October 7, 2011. The grievance was filed pursuant to the Florida Police Benevolent Association/City of Marco Island Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Officer D’Alessandro was found guilty in Collier County Traffic Court of careless operation of a motor vehicle. It was determined after an internal investigation by the Marco Island Police Department that d’Alessandro had also violated numerous police department policies and police practices. Evidence established that his careless actions contributed to a vehicle crash with serious injuries to another driver.
As a result of the grievance settlement, the City of Marco Island has accepted D’Alessandro’s retirement from the Marco Island Police Department, effective on the date of his initial termination on October 7, 2011. The City of Marco Island has agreed to pay $10,000 to D’Alessandro to cover some of the cost incurred by Mr. D’Alessandro during the pendency of the grievance.
It was determined by the City of Marco Island that Mr. D’Alessandro has training and skills that can be of benefit to the Marco Island Police Department. He will be given an opportunity to serve as a non-paid Reserve Police Officer with some specified limitations on his activities as a Reserve Officer.
This final action by the Marco Island Police Department provides guidance to the entire department that the Marco Island Police Department will aggressively review the performance of department members when violations of law and established polices are brought to the attention of the Chief of Police. When fault is found the department and City will take decisive action to remedy the violation and remediate problems.
The final action in this case reinforces the need for all members to be attentive to and compliant with policy and law in the performance of duties and in service to Marco Island, Florida.