On Friday, October 4th, the Republican Club of South Collier County held a Welcome Celebration for Marco’s new City Manager, Mike McNees and new Chief of Police, Tracy Frazzano. The private event was hosted by Isles of Capri residents, Don and Kim Mitchell at their elegant Old Florida style home overlooking Keewaydin Island.
Senator and Majority Leader, Kathleen Passidomo introduced Mike McNees and not surprisingly, they already knew each other from way back when Mike was part of the Collier County government in the early 1980s. This was a homecoming for Mike McNees who started his public service career in Collier County and then seventeen years later, he left his position as Assistant Collier County Manager to become City Manager of Sarasota, Florida for six years. He then moved to the mountains of Blaine County, Idaho as their first County Administrator. In 2009, McNees moved to the private sector as Chief Operating Officer for USA Track and Field. As a star collegiate athlete in Track and Field from Indiana University, he knew quite a bit about the sport when he was a Big Ten Conference Champion in Track and Field.
From one “Jersey Girl” to another, Senator Passidomo’s welcome to Marco’s new Police Chief Tracy Frazzano was very heartfelt and warm. During her 20 years with the Montclair, New Jersey Police Department, Chief Frazzano was also its first female detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Frazzano was often referred to in Montclair as the “crown jewel” within the force. She now has the distinct honor of being the first female Chief of Police for the City of Marco Island.
John Lenhart, Sheriff of Shelby, Ohio and uncle of the event’s host, Kim Mitchell, was master of ceremonies. He also has a very distinctive career in law enforcement. Once the youngest sheriff in Ohio at the age of 25, Lenhart is now being referred to as the “most senior Ohio sheriff” at age 74. He will be ending his 54-year law enforcement career after eight terms as Shelby County Sheriff.
Pastor Curt Ayers of Isles of Capri Church led the invocation with Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Steve Dawes of Isles of Capri Church was master at the keyboard and provided the event’s musical entertainment. Guests included Commissioner Donna Fiala – District 1; Jennifer Edwards, Supervisor of Elections; Representative Bob Rommel; Mayor Bill Barnett of Naples; Charles Chapman, Naples City Manager; Marco’s Fire Chief Mike Murphy and his wife Barbara; Tom Weschler, Naples Chief of Police; members of Marco Island City Council, Erik Brechnitz, Howard Reed, Charlette Roman and Jared Grifoni; members of JW Marriott’s management team, Marcus Borman and Victor Castro; and Marco Island Academy founder Jane Watt and Principal Melissa Scott. Representatives from numerous Collier County and Naples organizations attended to meet and welcome Marco’s new leaders.
With 90-plus well-wishers from Naples, Collier County and Marco Island, Senator Passidomo declared that “McNees and Frazzano will do great things for Marco Island.”