Kirk T. Coates was recently elected Chair of the Oswego City Democratic Committee; he succeeds the Honorable Jake Mulcahey, Oswego County Legislator of the 15th legislative district.
Coates has a long history of distinguished service to Oswego. Recently retired after 28 years as a lieutenant in the New York State University Police stationed at SUNY-Oswego, he was responsible for supervising 20 officers involved in all phases of university police; he initiated programs for safety and security on the Oswego campus. He maintained a very effective liaison with other campus offices and other police departments. His work in university police had not gone unnoticed. In 2009 he was the recipient of a Public Safety Award and the Officer of the Year Award from the New York State Order of Elks. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Award of Heroism from the New York State University Police Chiefs.
Further, Coates serves the academic area of SUNY-Oswego as an Adjunct Instructor of History, teaching courses in American history to undergraduates. His academic achievements have also been recognized. He has been cited for academic excellence from Alpha Delta Omega Public Justice Honor Society as well as Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.
He earned his master’s degree in history and his bachelor’s degree in public justice, both degrees from SUNY-Oswego. He earned his associate’s degree in applied science from Tompkins-Cortland Community college.
In addition to professional pursuits Coates has been active in community youth programs coaching St. Paul’s basketball and youth soccer teams. He also volunteers for the American Red Cross.
His goals for the Oswego City Democratic Committee reflect the ideology and practice of the Democratic Party. “Democrats recognize that our country and our economy are strongest when they provide opportunity for all Americans—when we grow our country from the bottom up,” he said.
“We as Democrats believe in an abiding faith in the judgment of hardworking American families, that no one should be excluded from reaching for the American Dream. We are committed to strengthening our community by supporting candidates who will listen and respond to citizen’s concerns. Additionally, our mission in Oswego is to promote candidates who will work hard for all the citizenry of Oswego, to build our financial future, to promote business opportunity, bring jobs to Oswego and to practice financial restraint and wisdom with the tax payer’s hard earned money.”
As a Democrat, he argues, “we believe that each of us has an obligation to each other, to our neighbors and our communities. Each of us has a role to play in creating our future.”
Coates, his wife and family reside in the city on East 12th St.