Police Administration

Chief Thomas Stickler

Thomas Stickler was appointed as Horseheads Police Chief on December 7, 2015. Prior to his career in New York State he was a k-9 handler and assistant trainer in Palm Beach County, Florida. He began his career in NYS Law Enforcement with the Painted Post Police Department (1983–1990), the City of Corning Police Department (1990–1991) and transferred to the Horseheads Police Department in 1991 and was assigned as Criminal Investigator. Chief Stickler was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 while maintaining Investigative duties. During his career, he was certified as a Master Firearms Instructor, Instructor Evaluator, Hostage and Crisis Negotiations, Criminal Investigations, Mental Health and CISM instructor, Tactical Chemical Agent instructor, Police General Topics, Undercover Operations, Arson and Fire Investigation and Weapons Armorer. Throughout his career he also oversaw the Departments Sex offender registry, Grant Writer, Evidence Custodian, worked for several years in a multi-agency drug task force and was a member of the Horseheads School District Response Team. He also created and instructed a High School accredited course “Perspectives in Law Enforcement”.

Chief Stickler is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 190th Session and instructed in the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy, as well as numerous other Peace/Police officer Academies. Chief Stickler has received 14 commendations in his career. Email Chief Stickler: tstickler@horseheads.org

Sergeant David Murray

Dave Murray Dave Murray started his career as a dispatcher in the Horseheads police Department in 1995. He graduated from the Broome County Law Enforcement Academy 1997 and joined the Watkins Glen Police Department in 1998. Sgt. Murray transferred to the Horseheads Police Department in 2000 as a patrol officer. In 2005, he was assigned as Department Investigator and promoted to Sergeant in 2007. Sgt. Murray is a certified Breathalyzer Operator and is also NYS Certified in Forensic Interviews. Sgt. Murray currently supervises a road patrol shift and is also the Department Investigator, handling all major case, sex crimes and child abuse investigations. Email Sg. Murray: dmurray@horseheads.org

Sergeant Seth Zawko

Bio coming soon

Sergeant Sean Murray

Sean Murray began his law enforcement career as a civilian dispatcher between 1998 to 2005 at various agencies including the Horseheads Police Department, Chemung County 911, Corning Police and the Schuyler Co. Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Murray worked briefly in the Road Patrol Division of the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department from May 2005 until December 2006 when he transferred to the Elmira Heights Police Department. In February 2017 Sgt. Murray transferred to the Horseheads Police Department. He is certified in CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analyzer), Evidence Technician, Crime Scene Photography, Forensic Interviews in Child Abuse, General Topics Instructor, Police Bike Patrol, Taser Instructor as well as other certifications.