New top cop in Iron River


Staff Writer

IRON RIVER – After months of reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, Iron River City Manager Perry Franzoi has selected a new chief for the Iron River Police Department.

Laura Frizzo, an Iron County native who has 19 years of experience as an officer in the department, was promoted to the position. She succeeds former chief Michael Goriesky, who retired at the end of June.

Frizzo said that she is looking forward to her new responsibilities. She credited Goriesky as being a mentor.

“I worked with him for so long,” said Frizzo. “He was a good teacher, a good role model.”

Franzoi said that he utilized the services of Marquette Police Chief Mike Angeli and Escanaba Public Safety Director Ken Vanderlinden in his search for chief candidates.

“They have expertise in the police field,” he explained. “I was looking for their input on formulating questions, what to look for, and what skills and abilities are necessary for the position.”

Franzoi and his advisors received more than 25 applications for the position. They narrowed the list down to the top three candidates, who were all interviewed.

Frizzo was the number one choice, said Franzoi.

With Frizzo’s promotion to the position of chief, the department will gain one extra officer.

The Iron River City Council voted in May to cut the department in half, from six full-time officers to three full-time officers. Goriesky and officer J.D. Flood retired, and one officer was laid off.

Franzoi clarified that the council’s action was to retain three full-time officers and one chief. Now that Frizzo has moved from an officer position to the chief position, the officer who was laid off has returned, said Franzoi.

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