Schoenle Named Chief of University Police

By Tracey Eastman

Release Date: July 10, 2006

Buffalo, N. Y. -- Gerald Schoenle has been named chief of University Police at the University at Buffalo. He replaces John Grela who served as chief for 15 years. Grela will retire in October after 33 years of university service.

Mr. Schoenle's appointment is effective July 31. He was selected after a national search that attracted an exceptional pool of highly qualified candidates. He joins UB from his position as assistant chief of police for the City of Arlington, Texas, Police Departments, where he has served since May 2005.

A Buffalo native, Schoenle served with the City of Buffalo Police Department from 1980 to 2000, rising from patrol division officer to commander (captain) of communications and administration. In addition, he held the position of director of public safety training for Erie County Central Police Services from 2000 to 2005.

He earned his master's degree in criminal science from Buffalo State College in 1999 and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Empire State College in 1998. He will be formally sworn in as UB's chief of university police in a program to be scheduled later this summer.

John Grela will continue at UB until October 31, helping to refine UB's emergency planning process with University Facilities.

"We are pleased to welcome a professional with such a stellar background and who comes so highly recommended," said Dennis R. Black, UB vice president for student affairs.

"Jerry met with people from around the university - students, administrators, community members, faculty - so UB could fully understand his qualifications. The committee found that his local knowledge, his demeanor and his willingness to be an innovative leader made him the ideal choice for this important position."

Mr. Schoenle lives in Eggertsville with his wife, Joanne. He has two daughters, including one who is a sophomore at UB.