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

Deputy Chief Alvernaz joined the department in February of 1996. During his career, he has served on all three platoons in various ranks.  He has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Training Committee and serves as a police instructor. He is a graduate of the 275th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA.  He was previously the departments senior historian and commanded both the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Elmira Police Honor Guard.  Prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Detective Bureau.  He was voted the 2019 Maria Yolanda Lopez Supervisor of the Year.  In the absence of the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief Alvernaz assumes command of the department.

Email Deputy Chief  Anthony Alvernaz.

Captain Russell Andrews joined the Elmira Police Department in October of 2002. He is currently in charge of the dayshift. Capt Andrews is a graduate of Elmira Southside High School, earned his Bachelor Degree in Radiology from Florida Hospital College and completed his Master of Business of Administration at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. 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 assistant Fleet Manager for the Elmira Police Department. Email Capt. Russell Andrews

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

Captain Kristen Thorne joined the Elmira Police Department in November 2004. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the midnight shift. Captain Thorne is a graduate of Corning Community College having earned an AAS degree in Criminal Justice. Captain Thorne is currently the Elmira Police Department SWAT team Commander and is a Police Instructor in the fields of General Topics and Defensive Tactics. In the past Captain Thorne has served in the positions of K9 Handler, SWAT team Operator, Supervisor in the Detective Bureau and the Officer in charge of the Drug Enforcement Unit. Email Capt. Thorne