John J. Coakley, who for the past ten years has been head of the police department of Utica, of which
place he is a native son, his birth having here occurred in 1852. His parents were Patrick and Margaret Coakley,
the father a native of Ireland from which Country he emigrated in 1838. He worked on the railroad and was at one
time employed on the New York Central. He is now deceased, having been accidentally drowned in the Mohawk river.
Utica has always been the home of John J. Coakley, who obtained his education in the public and parochial schools
of this city. After laying aside his studies he learned the moulder's trade, and entered the foundry of the J.
S. Peckliam Furnace Company at Utica, New York. Later he entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad Company.,
withdrawing only to engage in business for himself, and for several years thereafter he successfully conducted
a grocery on Mohawk street. On the 1st of February, 1887, he was appointed a patrolman on the city police force,
in which capacity he served until the 1st of March, 1898, doing a great deal of special work at the same time.
He was promoted to the position of deputy chief from that of patrolman and on the 5th of April, 1901, he was appointed
chief of police, in which capacity he has most efficiently served ever since.
Mr. Coakley, who is unmarried, is a member of the parish of St. John, being a communicant of the Roman Catholic
church, while fraternally he is afmiated with the Elks and the Eagles. He has a brother, Patrick J. and a sister,
Mary, who are also residents of this city. In matters political Mr. Coakley has always voted with the democratic
party, taking an active part in all municipal affairs. The period of his incumbency of his present office attests
the efficiency with which he has discharged his responsibilities. He is well fitted for the position he now holds
and is very popular not only among his constituency but the general public of Utica.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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