Chief of Police, F. Michael Catalano

Chief Catalano began his career in 1980 as a Correction Officer with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office. In 1981 he was appointed a County Police Officer with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office and completed Basic Police Officer Training in Binghamton, NY in 1982. In 1984 Chief Catalano transferred from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office and began his career with the City of Cortland Police Department. Chief Catalano served in the ranks as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Uniform Division Lieutenant and Deputy Chief of Police. He was promoted to Chief of Police in August 2009.

Education & Community Involvement


Chief Catalano is a life long resident of Cortland and a graduate of Cortland Senior High School. He holds an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Tompkins Cortland Community College and a B.S. degree in Community Human Services from SUNY Empire State College. Chief Catalano graduated from the FBI National Academy’s 195th Session, Quantico, Virginia, in 1998. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the Central New York Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates and the Cortland Rotary Breakfast Club. Chief Catalano is a past President of the Central New York Association of Chiefs of Police and currently holds the position of Zone 8 representative of the Board of Governors with the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.