Police Department Administration

Chief Joseph Kane

Chief Kane was born and raised in the City of Elmira. He graduated from Elmira Free Academy and Corning Community College. He was appointed to the Elmira Police Department on July 22, 1996. In January of 2006, he was appointed Traffic Bureau Investigator. He completed training in Motor Vehicle Collision Investigation Basic and Advanced courses. He served as a member of the Traffic Coordinating Board, the Special Events Committee, as a Neighborhood Watch representative, and served as Public Information Officer. In January of 2008, he was appointed to Police Patrol Sergeant. In April of 2008, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau as the Evidence and Identification Sergeant. This assignment included supervising the Evidence Technician program. In March of 2010, he was assigned as Sergeant and Commanding Officer of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU). In January of 2012, he was promoted to Lieutenant and continued his assignment as Commanding Officer of the DEU. In November of 2013, he was assigned as Acting Captain and Commanding Officer of the Detective Bureau. In January of 2014, he was promoted to Captain and continued his assignment as Commanding Officer of the Detective Bureau. In January 2016, he was promoted to Chief of Police. Chief Kane is certified as a Field Training Officer, General Topics Instructor, Evidence technician, Public Information Officer, and has served as the department Field Intelligence Officer. He has served on the S.W.A.T. Team, the Honor Guard Team, and the Community Response Team. Email Chief Joseph Kane

Captain Alvernaz joined the department in February of 1996. During his career, he has served on all three platoons in various ranks.  Captain Alvernaz is currently the commanding officer of the Detective Bureau.  He has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Training Committee and serves as a police instructor. He is the departments senior historian and commands both the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Elmira Police Honor Guard.  In the absence of the Chief of Police, Captain Alvernaz assumes command of the department.    Email Capt. Anthony Alvernaz.

Captain Eugene Walrath

Captain Walrath joined the Elmira Police Department in August of 1993. Cpt Walrath is a graduate of Horseheads High School, he earned his Associate Degree in General Studies from Corning Community College, and his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Keuka College. Cpt Walrath has served in both the Patrol Division and the Detective Bureau. He is currently the Elmira Police Department’s Field Training Officer Program Supervisor, a Police Instructor, and a member of the Honor Guard. He is currently in charge of the day shift. Email Capt. Eugene Walrath

Captain Russell Andrews

Captain Russell Andrews joined the Elmira Police Department in October of 2002. He is currently in charge of the midnight shift. Capt Andrews is a graduate of Elmira Southside High School, earned his Bachelor Degree in Radiology from Florida Hospital College and is currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill pursuing his Master's in Business Administration. Capt Andrews is a Police Instructor in Emergency Vehicle Operations and Infectious Disease Control. Capt Andrews is also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chairman of the Grants Committee, and also serves as the Elmira Police Department’s Fleet Manager. Email Capt. Russell Andrews

Captain John Perrigo

Captain John Perrigo joined the Elmira Police Department in April of 2003. Capt Perrigo is a graduate of Corning East High School. Capt Perrigo has worked as a supervisor on various Platoons and is currently the Commanding Officer in charge of the afternoon shift. Email Capt. John Perrigo