Francis Coots became the Director of Campus Safety on March 1, 2017. Coots concluded a thirty-three year career with the New York State Police retiring as the Troop Commander of Troop D, which is located in central New York. Coots' career had him assigned to many different areas of both central and western New York consisting of multiple ranks within the organization. He is a graduate of the F.B.I National Academy and served as President of the National Academy Associates - New York/Eastern Canada Chapter. Coots has attained the highest level of the Incident Command System and has participated in multiple training events at area colleges including several at Hamilton College. Coots has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Elmira College and is a graduate of the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Executive Institute. He is married and has three children, four step-children and eight grandchildren. He resides in Syracuse, N.Y.
Meet Our Staff
Following his service in the United States Marine Corps, Assistant Director Gentile returned to Central New York and began serving Hamilton as a patrol officer in 1999. Wayne was appointed as an administrator in 2000 and was then appointed to the title of Assistant Director in 2002. He earned an associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Mohawk Valley Community College and is also a graduate of the New York State Basic Course for Police Officers. Assistant Director Gentile is responsible for day shift operations in the Campus Safety Department as well as Clery Act compliance and serves as our liaison to the Office of Residential Life. He has received specialized training in crime scene investigation, women's self-defense instruction, and is one of our training instructors. Wayne is a member of the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association.
Assistant Director Jones joined the Department of Campus Safety as a patrol officer in 2000 and was promoted to the position of Patrol Supervisor in January of 2007. He served in that capacity until his promotion to Assistant Director in August 2007. He is a graduate of the New York State Basic Course for Police Officer's and has extensive experience in law enforcement from his prior service as a New York State Park Police Officer and Town of Kirkland Police Officer. Mike has advanced training in DWI and Traffic Enforcement. Assistant Director Jones is responsible for night shift operations in the Campus Safety Department as well as community service programming, administration of our bicycle patrol unit and serves as the department quartermaster. Mike is a member of the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association.
Anthony Scalise was appointed to the position of Campus Safety Investigator in September 2015. Anthony joined Hamilton as a Campus Safety officer in 2011 after completing 21 years of service with the Utica Fire Department retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. Anthony earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Mohawk Valley Community College. In addition, Anthony is a New York State certified paramedic and a fire instructor, a hazardous materials specialists, and a New York State licensed enhanced status security officer. Anthony is responsible for investigating all serious incidents occurring on campus.