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 June 2021, he was promoted to Chief of Police.
Deputy Chief Russell Andrews joined the Elmira Police Department in October of 2002. Deputy Chief 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 Administration at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Deputy Chief Andrews is a Police Instructor in Emergency Vehicle Operations and Infectious Disease Control. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chairman of the Grants Committee, and also serves as the Body Worn Camera Administrator. As Deputy Chief, he will serve as second in command of the Elmira Police Department. Email Deputy Chief Russell Andrews
Captain Kristen Thorne joined the Elmira Police Department in November 2004. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the afternoon 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