Good luck to Capt. Bates

Published Jul 3, 2017 at 4:00pm

The city lost a great public servant last week with the decision by Police Capt. Timothy J. Bates to leave the RPD for a job as a criminal investigator with the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

It’s a great opportunity — a “dream job” as he calls it — for an officer who has devoted so much time, talent and effort to the citizens of Rome.

In an interview with the Daily Sentinel’s Sean Mills, Bates related how an incident in which his mother was robbed when he was 11 first sparked his interest in a law enforcement career. That devotion never waned.

He became an officer and 1996 and went through the ranks until eventually he became detective commander in 2007. Besides regular police duties, Bates was a public information officer with a high profile who was known for his concise and accurate facts and figures for news stories. He even did radio shows and guest columns for the Daily Sentinel.

The public’s safety was his first concern — as it was in the city, so it certainly will be as he changes gears to work for the Empire State.

His friends, family and certainly his contacts here at the Daily Sentinel wish him well in his next career.