Chief Windbigler names command staff

(Originally printed in The Elkhart Truth, Jan. 6, 2016)

Elkhart Police Chief Ed Windbigler, chosen by Mayor Tim Neese in December to lead the department, announced his choices for other key positions within the department on Wednesday. 

Several officers have taken on new positions as of Friday, according to the department’s release. The new command staff includes:

  • Assistant Chief Todd Thayer

  • Uniform Capt. Brent Long

  • Detective Capt. Steve Price

  • Services Capt. Bryan Moore

Thayer, a 24-year veteran of the department, will replace former Assistant Chief Mike Stuff, who worked under former Chief Laura Koch. Neese tapped Windbigler to replace Koch, who said in December she plans to continue working with the department. Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Snyder said Koch is now a lieutenant with the department.

The command staff has been restructured slightly under Windbigler.

Former Assistant Chief of Operations Kris Seymore's position was phased out as of Friday, Snyder said. Seymore was re-assigned as an investigator in the homicide unit and Stuff was re-assigned as a lieutenant in the detective bureau, Snyder said.

Thayer has worked in multiple units in the department, including the detective bureau, the Elkhart County drug task force and the department’s bike patrol unit. He also served as the firearms instructor and special response team operator, according to a release from the department.

Long, a 22-year veteran of the department, worked 19 of those years as a supervisor, including in the patrol division and detective bureau. Most recently serving as day shift lieutenant, Long also previously served as uniform captain and resumed that role as of Friday, according to the release.

Price was most recently sergeant in charge of the homicide unit and will lead the detective bureau as detective captain. A 19-year-veteran of the department, he has served in the patrol division and detective bureau and was part of the Elkhart County drug task force, according to the release.

Moore will take on the services captain role after serving as a sergeant in the patrol and services divisions of  the department and most recently worked as a lieutenant on the afternoon shift. Moore has worked with Elkhart police for nine years and has been in law enforcement for 14 years total, the department said.