Rome Police Department promotes 10 in ceremony

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The Rome police department held a swearing in ceremony this morning to promote 10 officers, the largest such event ever for the department, according to city officials.

“This is going to put an entirely new look on the department, a new face on the department,” said Police Chief Kevin C. Beach at the promotion ceremony at City Hall.

The ceremony was standing room only, as
the Common Council chambers filled with family, friends and fellow officers, both current and retired.

“We’ve got a great future for the department,” Beach noted. “You’ll see how much training and experience that they bring,” along with “new ideas and new energy,” he said.

The department has had several retirements within its senior ranks in recent months, including Capt. Scott Wittmann, so a number of officers have been promoted up the line.

“They are going to make a difference...going to strengthen our department,” said Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo. “We know that you will be up to doing the job.”

• Newly promoted Capt. Cheyenne Schoff joined the Rome police in May 2007, and now at age 39 has earned the third highest rank in the department.

He graduated from Adirondack Central High School, then worked at Turning Stone Casino in security then for two years as a corrections officer with Madison County.

He is married, and he and his wife, Connie, have a daughter.

The starting salary for a captain is $82,006 according to the most recent police union contract, though a new contract to cover 2018 is in negotiations.

• Detective James P. Boyer has been promoted to lieutenant. Boyer, age 51, joined the department in May 1990, and became a detective in 2000.

He is a graduate of Rome Catholic High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNY Cortland. He and his wife, Cathy, have two children.

The salary for a lieutenant is $77,648, though Boyer receives a stipend of $2,500 for his duties as detective commander.

The department also promoted four officers to lieutenant.

• Lt. Thomas P. Smith, age 50, joined the force in August 2002. He graduated from Patchogue Medford High School in Medford, NY, then attended MVCC studying criminal justice.

He served in the Air Force for five years and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

He and his wife, Marybeth, have four daughters.

• Lt. Frank Fragapane, age 44, joined the department in August 2000. He is a Rome Free Academy graduate and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from MVCC.

He and his wife, Leigh, have three daughters.

• Lt. David Collins, age 43, joined the department in May 2005. He graduated from RFA and has over 20 years of military service between active duty and the Reserves with the Army and the Air National Guard.

He and his wife, Jeany, have four children.

Officials said Collins is the highest ranking black officer in the history of the department.

• Lt. John Reilly, age 48, joined the Rome police in July 2001. He is a graduate of Rome Catholic and attended MVCC.

His father William was Rome’s fire chief from 1994 until his passing in 1999. He has one son.

There are also four new sergeants.

• Sgt. Nicholas J. Martin, age 32, has been with the department since September 2007. He is an RFA graduate and majored in criminal justice at Utica College.

He and his wife, Ashley, have two daughters.

• Sgt. Sharon Rood, age 39, joined the force in August 2003. She is an RFA graduate and attended MVCC.

She and her husband, Stewart Rood, a retired Rome police officer, have a daughter, and she has two step-daughters.

Officials said Rood is only the second female officer to be promoted to sergeant in the department’s history.

• Sgt. Scott Hoag, age 45, joined the department in August 2004. He is an RFA graduate and earned an associate’s degree in applied sciences from Jefferson County Community College.

He served in the Army for nine years and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.

He and his wife, Holly, have twin sons.

• Sgt. Bryan M. Zoeckler, age 30, joined the department in February 2010. He is a graduate of Westmoreland High School and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from MVCC. He is married to Brittany Zoeckler.

The starting salary for a sergeant is $73,250.

The department has 70 members with an authorized maximum strength of 76 officers. The police budget for 2018 is $7,029,400.

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