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Woman makes history on YSU police force

Published: Fri, October 26, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.


Lt. Rosemary Marsco of the Youngstown State University Police Department is the first woman in the department to rise to that rank. Chief John Beshara, right, promoted Marsco, who started with the department as a part-time dispatcher 27 years ago.

By Denise Dick



Rosemary Marsco is the first female lieutenant in the history of the Youngstown State University Police Department, but she says gender isn’t really part of the job.

“When I first became a police officer, one of the lieutenants told me, ‘There’s no gender in this job,’” she said.

It’s something she’s taken to heart.

“We’re first responders,” Marsco said. “When I respond to a scene, whether it be an accident or whatever, the people don’t care whether I’m a woman or a man. They care if I can make the right decisions and get help when it’s needed.”

Marsco was hired as a part-time dispatcher for the department 27 years ago. About a year later, she became an officer, replacing another female officer who left for another job. At that time, there were a few female police officers.

Today, the department’s full-time ranks include four women of 26 officers.

Marsco was promoted to sergeant in 1996 and to lieutenant last July.

“I guess I’m paving a path for other females, and I’m proud of that,” she said.

But the women in the department do their jobs and what’s expected of them just like their male colleagues. She considers herself a police officer first, a female police officer second.

Chief John Beshara, who took office last February, appointed Marsco as one of three lieutenants.

The department’s seven sergeants applied, but the university’s human resources department determined that five were qualified.

After talking to Beshara and learning about the expectations for the job, two of those applicants withdrew from consideration.

“I expect a lot of these lieutenants,” he said.

Marsco’s duties are administrative, handling policies and procedures, training and keeping abreast of changes in the law. Another lieutenant handles operations and the third, investigations.

“I expect lieutenants to be hands-on,” the chief said. “Rose is.” She knows how to manage but doesn’t overmanage, he said.

Marsco, a city native who lives in Niles, graduated from Ursuline High School and earned two bachelor’s degrees at YSU, one in criminal justice law-enforcement administration and a second in psychology with a teaching certificate.

She decided she wanted to be a police officer when her brother, who was studying criminal justice, brought home his textbooks. He actually opted for a career as a respiratory therapist.

Marsco thought law enforcement fit her personality. “I feel like I’m a natural at it,” she said.

She’s not the same police officer today that she was when she started. She’s learned a lot and credits mentors within the department with helping her job.

[Retired] Lt. Mark Adovasio taught me how to be a good police officer,” Marsco said. “A lot of the job is discretion.”

Every day is different.

“That’s what I like about the job,” she said.


1kensgirl(1046 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Hey 857, did anyone ever tell you that you're an idiot????? That comment was truly IGNORANT and it shows what kind of man you truly are.
I wish Rose nothing but the best and I pray for her safety. God bless you Rose on your journey. BTW - if you ever run into 857 on the street picking up hookers throw him in the dumpster with the other white trash.

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2grand4dad(217 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

857's comment is not funny. It's too bad that some people still view women in a way that leads to snide comments anytime they see a woman achieve success like this. I congratulate Ms. Marsco on her achievement and wish her the best.

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3kensgirl(1046 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

He's the only one laughing. Must be a lonely life. LOSER!!!!!

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4hellokitty(161 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I know Lt. Marsco well, and she is an excellent police officer. The promotion is long overdue, imo. (I worked with her, so I know!)

Best Wishes Rose, and please stay Safe!

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5hellokitty(161 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Ha ha Kensgirl, you got that right about 857....what a loser....probably has mommy fixations, lmao!

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6dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@gdog. Wait until williamswinger chimes in for the go Romney. He spews his BS no matter what the article is about.

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