MONTCLAIR, NJ - Deputy Police Chief Tracy Frazzano has left Montclair to take a Police Chief position in Marco Island, Florida.

In a tearful goodbye, Montclair Township officials and leaders congratulated Frazzano and wished her well during the August 20 Township Council Meeting.

Becoming the first is not new to Frazzano, who had made history in 2016 as the first female to become Montclair’s Deputy Chief of Police and has now made history again as the first female Chief of the Marco Island Police Department.

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This new position follows a list of firsts in her twenty-four year career. Frazzano was also Montclair's first female detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain.

According to the congratulatory remarks made by Mayor Jackson and the Council during the August 20 Township Council meeting, Frazzano's official last day was August 20.

During the council meeting, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin read aloud a proclamation that he presented her with.

He said, "It’s a mixed blessing, we are sorry to see her go, but we don’t want to hold her back. ‘Carpe diem,’ as they say … seize the moment."

Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti also spoke to congratulate Frazzano. He has also credited Frazzano’s efforts that resulted in the department receiving accreditation status with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police last year. 

According to published reports, the Marco Island Police force consists of 35 officers, serving more than 16K residents, which is a fraction of Montclair's police force of 112 officeers serving more than 39, 229 residents (according to the US Census Bureau).

After graduating Montclair High School, where she was part of the National Honor Society and star athlete, Frazzano then joined the force in 1995, where she has served for more than two decades with the Montclair Police Department.

As Deputy Chief, Frazzano has also been invited to speak across the State of NJ. In 2017, she spoke at an Active Shooter Response Summit, hosted by Christ Church. During her tenure, she has also lead the Administrative and Logistics Division of the MPD, which Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Traffic Bureau fall under. 

In 2010, she graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies the Center at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. In 2015, Frazzano attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. 

As she held back tears during the presentation, Frazzano thanked the community saying, “It’s hard to walk away, it’s bittersweet. I can’t believe how emotional I am. It makes you see how much you all mean to me.”