Assistant Chief Frank Gentsch began his
law enforcement career as a Police Cadet for the City of
Waco in October of 1980. After completing the Waco
Police Academy he was commissioned a Police Officer
December 7, 1981 and assigned to the Patrol Division.
He became a Special Investigator in the Patrol Division
on February 12, 1982. On June 19, 1982, Assistant
Chief Gentsch was shot twice and critically injured
while investigating a suspicious person behind the bus
station in downtown Waco. He returned to limited
duty September 10, 1982. A month later he was back
on the streets supervising the Police Cadets on
Neighborhood Burglary Patrol. On January 9, 1983
he was back to full duty in the Patrol Division.
Assistant Chief Gentsch was transferred to the Special
Crimes Unit as a Detective on June 10, 1990. He
was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol
Division, Midnight Shift, May 17, 1992. Assistant
Chief Gentsch was promoted to Commander and assigned to
the Evening Shift September 12, 1999. On November
2, 2003 he was transferred to the Drug Enforcement
Section. On February 3, 2008 he was promoted to
his current rank of Assistant Chief and assigned to
Criminal Investigations Division. On December 29,
2013 he was transferred to the Support Service Division
where he currently serves.
In addition to being a graduate of the Waco Police Academy, Assistant Chief Gentsch is a graduate of the 36th Management College of the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, the 214th Session of the FBI National Academy, 47th Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Unit Commander Academy and a graduate of McLennan Community College, Associate in Applied Science, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement with Honors, August 2008.
Awards Assistant Chief Gentsch has received include a Law Enforcement Commendation from the Sons of the American Revolution, Certificate of Commendation from the American Legion, the Police Shield, the Life Saving Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Presidential Protection Commendation and the Master Peace Officer Award.
A.C. Gentsch is married to the former Melissa Howard of Waco and they have three daughters, Victoria L. Batey age 32, Holley E. Garcia age 25, and Isabella Rose Gentsch age 9. They also have one grand-daughter, Charlotte Grace Batey, 7 months.