Montclair’s former deputy police chief Tracy Frazzano has been put on administrative leave from her position as chief of the Marco Island Police Department in Florida, while the city conducts an investigation involving access and use of the town’s COVID-19 vaccination reservation system.
Fire Rescue Chief Chris Byrne was also placed on leave during the investigation, the city said in a press release issued Feb. 1. It didn’t elaborate on the nature of the allegations, or say if they were against the two officials.
“City Manager Mike McNees will continue the investigation over the next 48 hours before determining if disciplinary action is warranted,” city officials said in its release.
The vaccine registration was on the city’s website, which took residents to an Eventbrite survey and registration form. The site crashed for about a half hour on Jan. 27 after 41,000 people tried to register for 200 appointments the city was offering on Jan. 29, according to reports in the Marco Eagle.
The Former Montclair Police deputy chief left in August of 2019 to take the helm as Marco Island’s first female police chief.
However, Frazzano remained on Montclair’s payroll at a biweekly pay of $7,027, using accumulated benefit time. Her last paycheck was dated Oct. 30, 2020 and had been paid a total of $292,368 for 2020, according to payroll records.
-JAIMIE JULIA WINTERS