38 years of dedicated law enforcement work was recognized and honored by Marco Island’s Police Foundation at a luncheon tribute to retiring Police Chief Thom Carr at Hideaway Beach on July 20. The audience of about a hundred celebrated Chief Carr’s contributions, not only to Marco Island, but also the State of Indiana and the United States Armed Forces.
Master of Ceremonies Bill Morris, President of the Foundation began with a few choice anecdotes about the Chief’s notoriously “mediocre” golf game, and Dick Shanahan followed with a number of gifts from the Foundation, including enough golf balls (dozens) to get the Chief through one or two rounds of golf.
State Representative Kathleen Passidomo spoke movingly of her long and strong friendship withthe Chief, and took the opportunity to brief the group about specific activities at the Florida State Legislature.
In his remarks Chief Carr spoke emotionally of his affection for Marco Island, and his pride in the work of the Police Department. Thanks in large part to the efforts of the Island’s excellent law enforcement officers, Marco Island has one of the lowest crime rates in the state.
The Chief assured his wife, Liz, that this is REALLY his last retirement and that he will be around the house (and golf course) for better or worse.
Congressman Connie Mack spoke to the group from Washington, D.C., on Skype. He did not mention Chief Carr, but gave the group his views on the debt ceiling situation, including his strong negative opinions about the President of the United States.