Speculation regarding the choice to replace former Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino ended on Wednesday morning when Interim City Manager David Harden announced the appointment of Deputy Police Chief Tracy Frazzano of the Montclair Township, NJ Police Department.
Frazzano was one of five finalists for the position, out of the 81 applicants who originally applied for the job. Those finalists included four additional professionals, all from Florida. Frazzano was the only out of state candidate.
Captain John Crane-Baker, Delray Beach Police Department
Chief Anthony Giaimo, Florida Southwestern College Police Department
Deputy Chief Stephen McCosker, Ocoee Police Department
Assistant Chief Terrence Pierce, Gainesville Police Department
She is a 23-year veteran of the Montclair Department, rising through the ranks to obtain the position of Deputy Chief. Montclair is a township in Essex County N.J. which has a population of 38,700 residents and encompasses an area of 6.308 square miles.
Frazzano presently heads the Administrative and Logistics Bureau in her position as Deputy Chief of Police. That division includes the Support Services Bureau, Communications and Dispatch Center, Office of Emergency Management, the Uniform Division and Traffic Bureau.
During her career, she has performed uniformed and plainclothes duties. She made history within the Montclair Police Department as the first female Detective, as well as becoming the first female Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief. She will now hold the distinction of being the first female law enforcement professional to hold the position of Chief within the Marco Island Department.
During the hiring process, both Interim City Manager Harden and newly hired City Manager Michael McNees interviewed Frazzano separately. In addition to Harden and McNess, the independent panel of interviewers arrived at a decision which saw Frazzano as their top choice to head the department.
Harden praised the work done for the city by the Florida Police Chiefs Association to assist in bringing forward a strong set of candidates for the city to choose from.
Harden’s office anticipated that Frazzano would assume her duties here on Marco sometime towards the end of August.