Police officer of year named
It was a day of celebration for at least three members of the Marco Island Police Department as the Marco Police Foundation hosted their Lunch with the Chief event at the Hideaway Beach Club.
The department also reported the agency is in great shape almost a year after City Manager Roger Hernstadt reached within the ranks to promote Al Schettino to Chief.
The Officer of the Year is Brian Granneman, who came to the Marco Department in November 2013 from Lincolnshire, Ill., after serving on that department since September 2008.
“Brian was chosen by the command staff of the department for his ‘can do attitude’ and his commitment to the job and his responsibilities,” said Schettino. “His statistics and work ethic represent the agency well.”
Granneman’s parents retired to the area in 2007, and he wanted to escape the frigid Chicago weather as well as be closer to his family, which includes his sister. He also saw opportunities for professional growth in this area. His parents were in the audience.
Schettino also announced the promotion of Officer Matthew Goetz to fill the open slot of shift sergeant. Goetz is a 19-year veteran of law enforcement, beginning his career in Metro Miami-Dade County prior to coming to Marcowhen the department was first begun 15 years ago.
Goetz had previously left the department and took a hiatus of sorts to be closer to his family. He returned to the department when Schettino became chief following the departure of Don Hunter.
Goetz had previously held the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant within the department.
“Matt is an excellent officer and a great representative of the department within the community. We are very pleased to have him back,” Schettino said. The promotion was the result of written testing and an interview by departmental command staff and supervisory personnel from two outside agencies.
Another lateral transfer is Kyle Kries to the investigative bureau from the patrol division. Kries began his career in Gaylord, MI in 2006 before joining the Marco agency in September 2012.
“We look to Kyle to do a great job within the bureau,” said supervisor Nick Ojanovac, who oversees both patrol and investigative services.
On view outside the venue was a new beach patrol vehicle, paid for by impact fees at no cost to the taxpayer.
Jack Patterson, chairman of the foundation’s scholarship committee, announced a scholarship award to Colin Brown, son of auxiliary officer Alan Brown.