Command Staff

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Chief Christopher J. Witzenburg

has been serving with the City of Oneonta Police Department since May of 1998. Prior to his assignment as Detective Sergeant, he served in the capacities of Patrol Sergeant, Detective, and uniformed Patrol Officer.  In 2008, he was recognized as the Oneonta Police Department's Officer of the Year.  Acting Chief Witzenburg is a New York State certified Police General Topics Instructor, Field Training Officer, Police Firearms Instructor, Pepperspray Instructor, Glock Armorer, Latent Print Examiner, Patrol Rifle Instructor, and less-lethal munitions instructor. As the Department’s Special Response Team's former tactical team leader, Lieutenant's Witzenburg helped to develop the team into a highly functional and professional unit.  

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Patrol Sergeant Ralph Pajerski

has been serving with the City of Oneonta Police Department since May of 2003.  Sergeant Pajerski holds a Bachelors degree in criminology from Northern Illinois University.  Prior to promotion to sergeant, he has served as a uniformed patrol officer, Field Training Officer, and bicycle patrol officer. Sergeant Pajerski is a member of the Oneonta Police Department's Special Response Team. Sergeant Pajerski is assigned to maintain and update the Department's license plate reader (LPR) and TRACs accident reporting software.  Additionally, he serves as the Oneonta Police Department's Traffic Safety Coordinator.

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Patrol Sergeant Christopher Catapano

has been serving with the City of Oneonta Police Department since 2008.  Sergeant Catapano holds an associates degree in criminal justice from Herkimer County Community College and a Bachelors Degree in criminal justice from the State University College of NY at Oneonta.  While  attending SUNY Oneonta, Sergeant Catapano served as an intern with the Oneonta Police Department where he was later hired as an officer from the civil service list.   Prior to promotion to sergeant, he served as a patrol officer and field training officer.  Sergeant Catapano is a certified hostage negotiator and a member of the Oneonta Police Department Special Response Team.

Sergeant Jeffrey D. Gallusser

has been serving since March of 2006 with the Oneonta Police Department. Sergeant Gallusser holds a Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Oneonta in Child and Family Studies.  Prior to promotion, Sergeant Gallusser has served as a uniformed patrol officer and a bicycle patrol officer.  Sergeant Gallusser serves as a member of the Department's Special Response Team. 

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Administrative Sergeant Eric J. Berger

has been serving since 2008 with the Oneonta Police Department. Sergeant Berger holds an Associates Degree from Utica School of Commerce in Business Administration.  Prior to promotion, Sergeant Berger has served as a uniformed patrol officer, a bicycle patrol officer, and a narcotics detective.  Sergeant Berger's specialties are that of Police Drug Recognition Expert, Police General Topics Instructor, Field Training Officer, and Tactical Team Leader with the Oneonta Police Department's Special Response Team. Sergeant Berger is also a precision marksman (sniper/observe) for the Department's tactical team.