Frank became a police officer in 1993. During his career, he has served as a patrol officer, corporal, detective (his favorite job), sergeant, lieutenant and is currently a captain. He has written and taught courses in Report Writing and Sexual Assault Investigation at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He has also written several college courses in police subject matter. He co-wrote "A Street Officer's Guide to Report Writing" with Doug Strosahl, due out in 2012.
Many of Frank’s stories are written under the pen name Frank Zafiro and take place in the fictional setting of River City, a mid-sized city in Eastern Washington, with recurring characters. In addition to several River City novels, over fifty of his short stories have been published in many different anthologies, as well as print and online magazines. These short stories are collected in three volumes ("Dead Even", "No Good Deed", "The Cleaner")
His story “Good Shepherd” was a finalist for the 2006 Derringer Award. In 2007, his story “The Worst Door” was a finalist for this same award. Most recently, his story “Dead Even” was a finalist for the 2009 Derringer Award.
In addition to writing, Frank is an avid hockey player and a tortured guitarist. His wife, Kristi, is about the only person who will watch him do either activity.