GENESEO, N.Y. - Sal Simonetti, a 20-year veteran of the Webster, N.Y., Police Department has been named Chief of University Police at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He begins his duties July 22.
"Geneseo is fortunate to have an administrator of Sal's caliber joining our college community," said Robert A. Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life. "We are impressed with his local and regional law enforcement leadership and especially his commitment to community policing. We look forward to the contributions he will make in maintaining a safe campus for our students, staff, faculty and visitors."
Simonetti started as a patrol officer in Webster and ascended to administration bureau commander, the second ranking officer in the department. In that position, he successfully initiated the process in which the department obtained New York State accreditation. He also co-authored the Town of Webster's Emergency Response Plan.
A graduate of Monroe Community College, Simonetti earned a master's degree in public administration at SUNY Brockport. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and is member of the board of the FBI National Academy Associates for New York State and eastern Canada. He also is a board member of the Webster Comfort Care Home.
Simonetti replaces James Stenger, who retired from the chief's position last summer. Scott Kenney, assistant chief of police, has been serving as interim chief and will return to his assistant chief duties after Simonetti starts.
"Scott was the consummate interim police chief, exemplifying his lifelong commitment to our students' well-being," said Bonfiglio. "Geneseo is fortunate to have had such an able interim appointee."
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