The Marco Island Police Foundation hosted their annual summer picnic for members, officers and their families. The event was hosted by the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the Foundation, with a sell-out crowd of approximately 150 people in attendance.
The room was abuzz with excitement as newly-hired Police Chief Tracy Frazzano attended the event with her husband Bill Frazzano, and mingled with the attendees. Chief Frazzano began her first official day on the job on Monday, August 26.
After an exhaustive national search, Frazzano was chosen from a list of five finalists, narrowed down from a pool of 81 applicants. The search process was run by the Florida Police Chiefs Association’s STARS program, which assists communities in filling vacancies within departments.
During her 23-year career in Montclair, New Jersey, Frazzano performed uniformed and plain clothes 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 Police Department.
In 2015, Frazzano attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. At graduation she received the Distinguished Graduate Award as a result of her demonstrated leadership abilities.
She was a standout athlete during both her high school and college careers and was the first 1,000-point scorer on her high school basketball team. She would go on to play softball for Rutgers University.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am to have been chosen from so many of the wonderful candidates that applied for this position,” said Frazzano. “Marco Island is just such a beautiful place and we look forward to becoming part of this wonderful community,” she added.
Attendees gravitated to both Frazzano and newly-hired City Manager Mike McNees, who were both in attendance at the event, as well as many other community leaders.