Patrick M. Fitzgerald
Chief of Police
Chief Patrick M. Fitzgerald was promoted to Chief of Police in February of 2022 after being selected as the Acting Chief of Police by the Orchard Park Town Board upon the retirement of Chief E. Joseph Wehrfritz. Chief Fitzgerald began his career with the Orchard Park Police Department in 1999 when he was hired as a fulltime Public Safety Dispatcher.
Chief Fitzgerald became a City of Rochester Police Officer prior to returning to the Orchard Park Police Department in 2005 where he has worked as a Patrol Officer, D.A.R.E. Officer, School Resource Officer (SRO), Bike Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer (FTO) and SWAT Officer.
Chief Fitzgerald was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013, then Captain of Administration in 2019 where he oversaw all administrative functions of the Department and commanded the Department’s Emergency Response Team.
Captain of Administration
Captain Gregory Sheppard is a lifelong resident of Orchard Park and was hired by the Orchard Park Police Department in July of 2013. He was promoted to Lieutenant in June of 2018, and to Captain of Patrol in January 2021.
Captain Sheppard transitioned to the role of Administrative Captain in July 2022. Captain Sheppard’s roles in the department consist of Field Training Officer (FTO), Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor and Emergency Response Team Co-Commander.
Captain Sheppard’s duties include overseeing the Detective Bureau, School Resource Officers, Public Safety Dispatchers, Quartermaster Program, and managing the patrol car fleet.
Captain of Patrol
Captain Daniel Lagoda was hired by the Orchard Park Police Department in August of 2008. He was promoted to Lieutenant in September 2019, and to Captain of Patrol in September 2022.
Captain Lagoda oversees the Patrol Division, including the Police Lieutenants. He also serves as the Field Training Officer (FTO) Coordinator, oversees departmental training, the internship program, Animal Control Office, and is Chairperson for the Public Safety Committee and a member of the Building Safety Committee.
Captain Lagoda is also in charge of the Awards Committee, Radar Instruments, Traffic Enforcement, Traffic Grants, and Car Seat Technicians.
- Lieutenant Daniel Honer
- Lieutenant Brian Gehring
- Lieutenant Brian Lukowski
- Lieutenant Ryan Myers
- Lieutenant Michael Mackey
- Lieutenant Wendy Lazarz