Bevin names Jeffersontown Police Chief as Ky. State Police Commissioner

03/21/2016 11:45 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin has named Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders as the new Commissioner for Kentucky State Police.

The appointment replaces former KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer who served under former Gov. Steve Beshear.

Sanders began his law enforcement career in 1971 with the Jefferson County Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky where he served in the patrol, homicide, narcotics, and the aviation sections, according to a bio posted on Jeffersontown Police website. In 1983, Sanders joined the Drug Enforcement Administration as a special agent within the Louisville, Kentucky Resident Office. He served 24-years with the agency.

Sanders was named chief of the Jefferson County Police Department in February of 2007.

Bevin and Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley also announced on Monday that in addition, Maj. William Alexander Payne with Jeffersontown Police will perform the role of Deputy Commissioner under Sanders.

The appointments were recommended by an eight-member search committee comprised of Secretary Tilley, Rep. Robert Benvenuti, two retired KSP officers, three current KSP officers and a community representative, according to Bevin’s administration.

“After a long, thoughtful process, we are pleased that Chief Sanders and Major Payne will lead the men and women who make up the ‘Thin Gray Line,’” Bevin said in a press release. “We are confident that the KSP tradition of providing excellent protection and service to the Commonwealth will grow even stronger under their direction. I am grateful to all the dedicated servant leaders who participated in this search.”

“I was honored to be part of an historic search committee that interviewed many qualified and impressive candidates,” Tilley added in the release. “With our final selections, we are confident we have the clear vision and bold leadership to move the state police forward. I very much look forward to working with such well-respected and accomplished law enforcement professionals.”

Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in police administration and a master’s in administration of justice from the University of Louisville.

“I am honored to be selected by Governor Bevin and Secretary Tilley to lead such a prestigious law enforcement agency,” Sanders said in a statement. “As Commissioner of KSP, I pledge to continue the tradition of public safety with integrity and professionalism while responding to the diverse and unique needs of all communities within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

Sanders and Payne won unanimous approval from the eight member search committee, which interviewed 17 candidates and submitted a recommendation to Governor Bevin, according to the news release.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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