Campaign links: Frank Palombo (R-NC-3)
Frank Palombo Congressional Candidate North Carolina District 3
Born to a working class family, Frank credits his father for instilling in him a strong work ethic and a responsibility to serve. These values shaped Frank’s life and led him to serve his country in a time of war, his fellow citizens as a police officer and his community as a Chief of Police.
Young Frank enlisted in the Air Force at the age of eighteen, during the height of the Viet Nam War. He served honorably from 1966-1968 and again from 1971-1975.
Feeling a strong desire to continue serving, Frank then turned to law enforcement. Joining the Clearwater, Florida Police Department in 1977, he quickly rose through the ranks due to his ability to assess situations, creatively approach problems, and build coalitions. He won national acclaim for implementing the Department’s first, and highly successful, community policing program. After 20 years of service, Frank retired at the rank of Captain and set his sights on North Carolina, the native home of his wife, Janine.
Competing with over 300 applicants, Frank was chosen to be the Chief of Police in New Bern in 1997. During his tenure as Chief, Frank tore down the communication walls that separated law enforcement and various state agencies. This greatly enhanced the ability of police departments across the State to solve crimes. Thanks to Frank’s efforts, New Bern’s ability to solve crime remains consistently higher than the national average in almost every category.
While Chief, Frank was selected by his fellow Chiefs of Police to serve as President of the NC Association of Chiefs of Police. Frank was also selected by the Governor to serve on numerous state boards and commissions due to his no-nonsense style and his ability to get things done.
Upon retirement in 2010, in recognition of dedicated service to the people of North Carolina, Frank received the state’s highest honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
When asked what stands out most in his mind from his lifetime career of service, Frank credits a strong belief in upholding the U.S. Constitution, and his belief that government must maintain fiscal responsibility while remaining responsive to the needs of its citizens.
Today, Frank is motivated by those values that shaped his childhood and his career: a strong work ethic, a desire to serve and a strong belief and faith in the people of this country to solve problems. Those are the values that Frank will bring to Washington D.C. as your Representative.
Frank holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. He resides in New Bern, NC with Janine, his wife of 14 years. He has two adult sons, Larry and Chris who live in Florida.