The five finalists to fill the position of police chief for the city came together on June 6 and 7 to interview with a panel of citizens, law enforcement professionals, and city employees in an effort to gain the top spot in the department. The vacancy came about as former Police Chief, Al Schettino stepped aside after five years in that position.
The five finalists include:
- Captain John Crane-Baker, Delray Beach Police Department
- Deputy Chief Tracy Frazzano, Montclair, N.J. Police Department
- Chief Anthony Giaimo, Florida Southwestern College Police Department
- Deputy Chief Stephen McCosker, Ocoee Police Department
- Assistant Chief Terrence Pierce, Gainesville Police Department
The five finalists were chosen out of 81 applicants through a nationwide search process by the Florida Police Chiefs Association’s STARS program, which assists communities in filling vacancies within departments.
On Thursday evening, city staff, members of the community, staff from the Florida Police Chiefs Association, as well as the five finalists and members of their families came together at a meet and greet for the candidates. The event was held at the Island Country Club and gave the candidates and attendees an opportunity to mingle amongst each other.
The Marco Island City Charter places all decisions on hiring and firing of city staff in the hands of the City Manager. Incoming City Manager Michael McNees and present Interim Manager David Harden will share in that final decision-making process with hopes that a selection will be made within the next 7-10 days, if not sooner.