Command Bios

Command Staff Bios

Director

Colonel Kedrick Wills

Colonel Kedrick Wills joined the Idaho State Police in 1996. Upon completion of the ISP Academy’s Advanced Training Class #15, he served as an east end resident trooper in District 4 out of Jerome, Idaho. In 2002, he was promoted to patrol sergeant and served in District 2 for two years in Lewiston. In 2004, he was promoted to headquarters lieutenant and served in the Executive Protection Unit while overseeing background investigations for the department. In 2006, he was promoted to captain and served as the district commander in District 4. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of major and served as the Police Services Commander at ISP Headquarters in Meridian. In 2013 he became ISP’s deputy director and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 2017, Governor Otter appointed him as the ISP Director. He was promoted to Colonel and accepted command of the organization on July 2, 2017. He is a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program and the 232nd Session of the FBI National Academy. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Training and Development degrees from Idaho State University (Go Bengals!). "It’s my great honor to be able to serve with the fine men and women who make up our organization," he said.

Deputy Director

Lt. Colonel Sheldon Kelley

Lt. Colonel Sheldon Kelley began his career with the Idaho State Police in 1997 as a resident Trooper assigned to the Gooding County area after attending ISP and POST training academies. He promoted to Investigations in District 3 (Boise) in 2002 as a member of a narcotics investigation team. He promoted to District 3 Patrol Lieutenant in 2010, and to Headquarters Captain in 2012. He served as the West Area Command Major from 2016 until his promotion to Deputy Director in 2017.

Lt. Colonel Kelley holds a Bachelor's Degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a POST Management Certificate. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI Command College, and the FBI National Academy.

East Area Command Major

Major Kevin Hudgens

Major Kevin Hudgens started his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Caldwell Idaho Police Department. In 1996 he joined the Idaho State Police, and has served in both patrol and investigations. Major Hudgens is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Delinquency Control Institute, class 96, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, class 246. Major Hudgens also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Fox University.

West Area Command Major

Major Bill Gardiner

Major Bill Gardiner is a native Idahoan who has been with the Idaho State Police since 1999. He began his career as a Trooper in the Patrol Division working in the Idaho Falls area. In 2001, he transferred to Boise where he moved into the commercial vehicle and hazardous materials division. In this capacity, Major Gardiner served as an advisor to multiple truck driving schools, and as a member of many curriculum advisory committees. He worked closely with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help institute the federally mandated safety audit program. In 2004, Major Gardiner transferred to the executive protection unit where he managed all security operations for the Governor, the Idaho Legislature and members of the Idaho Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. In 2013, Major Gardiner served as the District 3 District Commander and oversaw all law enforcement operations for both the Patrol and Investigations Divisions. Currently, Major Gardiner is an ISP Area Commander and manages law enforcement operations in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, and Twin Falls. Additionally, he oversees the Idaho State Police Training Section and Advanced Academy, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Section, the Executive Protection Section, Idaho State Police SWAT team. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Otter to serve as a commissioner on the Idaho Emergency Communications Commission. He is a certified ethics instructor and death notification instructor and teaches at the College of Western Idaho Law Enforcement Program, Idaho POST Academy and the Idaho State Police Advanced Training Academy. Major Gardiner received his Bachelor’s Degree from Idaho State University and his Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Police Services Major

Major Charlie Spencer

In 1997, Major Charlie Spencer began his career with the Idaho State Police (what was then the Criminal Investigation Bureau) where he was assigned to District 5 as a Detective. In 2000, Major Spencer was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in Pocatello, and in 2003, he moved to District 2 as a Detective Sergeant. In 2004, Major Spencer was promoted to Lieutenant where he managed the Lewiston Investigations office, and in 2012, he was promoted to Headquarters Captain where he managed the Office of Professional Standards, Investigations and ABC budgets, and Alcohol Beverage Control. He also managed the following programs; High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Domestic Highway Enforcement, Drug Detection Canine, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and Marijuana Eradication Program. Over his career, Major Spencer has supervised personnel in ISP Patrol, Investigations, and Alcohol Beverage Control. Major Spencer is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command session #316 and Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy session #254. For the last three years, Major Spencer has been the elected Treasurer for the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies. Prior to coming to the Idaho State Police, Major Spencer began his career in 1989 with the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, where his assignments included being a marine and resident deputy, then he moved to the City of Orofino where he worked as a patrol officer.

HQ Captain

Captain John Ganske

Captain John Ganske started his career in 1987 as a Patrol Officer with the Pocatello Police Department. In 1990 John was hired as a Special Agent with the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement Bureau of Narcotics where he served as a Senior Special Agent and Special Agent Group Supervisor. In 1999 pursuant to agency reorganization John was promoted to Detective Sergeant in the Idaho State Police District Five Investigations office. In 2005 John received a promotion to Lieutenant in District Five Investigations where he managed all aspects of investigations.

Captain Ganske served for 17 years on the Idaho State Police SWAT Team rising to the position of Assistant Team Commander responsible for Special Weapons and Tactics deployment around the State of Idaho. Lieutenant Ganske is a P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standards and Training) certified SWAT, Drug Investigation, Clandestine Lab and Firearms Instructor. Captain Ganske has been certified as an expert witness in state and federal court.

Captain Ganske is an extended member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task force and holds a secret security clearance. Captain Ganske is a graduate of Northwestern University, School of Police Staff Command, FBI Command College, DEA Basic, Advanced and Drug Unit Commanders Academy. Captain Ganske attended Idaho State University where he lettered in football while studying Business Management and Organization.

HQ Captain

Captain Vern Hancock

Captain Vern Hancock began his career in law enforcement in 1989 working for city and county agencies. He joined the Idaho State Police in 1996. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of assignments to include patrol, executive protection, honor guard, training, fleet and communications. Captain Hancock is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and holds an Associate of Science degree from Treasure Valley Community College.

HQ Captain

Captain Russ Wheatley

Captain Russ Wheatley has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1993. He began his law enforcement career with the Bannock County Sheriff's Office. Captain Wheatley joined the Idaho State Police in 1999 and has served as a trooper, detective, field training officer, firearms instructor, and SWAT team member. Upon completion of the ISP Advanced Training Class (ATC) #21, he served as a Blackfoot resident trooper in District Five. In 2001, he was promoted to detective in District Five where he worked primarily narcotics investigations. In 2004, he transferred to District Three (Meridian) as a narcotics detective. In 2005, he was selected to join the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) where he spent three and a half years working domestic and international terrorism cases. In 2008, he was promoted to Sergeant where he supervised the development and the day-to-day operations of Idaho's Fusion Center. In 2013, he was promoted to Lieutenant in the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) unit, and in 2015, he was promoted to Captain in ABC.

In 2017, Captain Wheatley transferred to ISP Headquarters as the HQ Investigations Captain where he manages the Office of Professional Standards, Fusion Center, Canine Program, and the budget for Investigations.

Captain Wheatley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of Phoenix and a POST management certificate. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (NA Class #275), the Northwestern University School of Police and Staff and Command (SPSC class #362), the Naval Postgraduate Homeland Security Executive Leaders Course, and the FBI Executive Command College. .

District 1 Captain

Captain John Kempf

Captain John Kempf began his career as a Trooper with the Idaho State Police in 1997 and was promoted to Detective in 2000 where his primary focus was narcotics investigations. During his time in investigations John lead and participated in hundreds of narcotic cases ranging from street level investigations to complex conspiracy and federal wire tape cases, as well as homicide and officer involved shooting / critical incidents. In 2008 John was promoted to Sergeant in the District 5 office and supervised a narcotics unit whose primary focus was mid to upper level drug traffickers. In 2015 John was promoted to Lieutenant of the District 6 Investigations office where he managed all aspects of investigations.

John is a certified expert witness on drug investigations in both state and federal court and is one of the lead instructors and organizers of the Idaho Basic Narcotics Officers Course. John is a POST certified instructor who regularly teaches at the Idaho State Police Advanced Training Course, the Idaho Basic Narcotics Officers Course as well as conducting training for law enforcement officers around the country in drug investigations and supervision.

John has received numerous accolades for his law enforcement efforts including a U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service, Certificate of Merit from the Governor of Idaho and Outstanding Supervisor award from the Idaho State Police. John has also been awarded the Idaho State Police Silver Star and the Idaho Medal of Honor for Bravery.

Captain Kempf is the coordinator of the Idaho Domestic Highway Enforcement program.

District 2 Captain

Captain Adamson feels very at home in Central Idaho. He was born and raised in Idaho and graduated from Highland High School in Craigmont. He joined the United States Air Force in 1991 where he worked as a Law Enforcement Specialist serving two years in Turkey followed by nearly two years in New Mexico. After his military career, with a desire to continue in public safety service, Adamson moved to Twin Falls and completed the law enforcement program at the College of Southern Idaho. He was soon hired as a jail deputy with the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office and at the same time, served as a Reserve Police Officer for the Twin Falls Police Department. Wishing to move his family back to Central Idaho, Adamson accepted a position with the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office in 1998 and spent three years as a Patrol Deputy. In 2001, Captain Adamson started his career with the Idaho State Police District 2. He was soon promoted to Detective and investigated many major cases with a significant impact on public safety, including narcotics trafficking to homicides. In 2012, Captain Adamson went back to patrol serving as a Patrol Sergeant and Patrol Lieutenant. Captain Adamson is a recent graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command session #474.

District 3 Captain

Captain Matt Sly

Captain Sly began his career with the Idaho State Police in October 2003. After the successful completion of POST and Idaho State Police Advanced Training Academy (ATC), he was assigned to District 6 in Idaho Falls where he worked first as a Trooper and then as a Detective. In 2008, Captain Sly became a training specialist and polygraph examiner with the Idaho State Police Training division. In 2012, Captain Sly transferred to District 3 Patrol and worked on the DUI team. In April of 2014, Captain Sly was promoted to a patrol sergeant in District 3 and later transferred to District 3 Investigations as a detective sergeant. In April of 2017, he was promoted to a patrol lieutenant. He has served as an FTO, member of the ISP Honor Guard, polygraph coordinator, Peer Support Team member, and is a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu.

District 4 Captain

Captain David Neth

Captain David Neth started his career in 1996 as a Patrol Deputy with the Gem County Sheriff’s Office. In 2000, Captain Neth joined the ranks of ISP and began serving as a metro car in District 3. He later served as a Resident Trooper for Gem and Boise Counties. From 2004 to 2007 and 2008 to 2011, Captain Neth served on the Governor’s Executive Protection team. In 2011, Captain Neth promoted to District 3 Investigations. In 2013, Captain Neth promoted to Detective Sergeant and supervised the Idaho Criminal Intelligence Center (IC2) and the ISP Cyber Crime Unit. Captain Neth promoted to Lieutenant in 2016, overseeing the investigations operations in District 1, and served as the chair of the North Idaho Critical Incident Taskforce. Captain Neth holds an Idaho POST Management Certificate and is a POST certified instructor. Captain Neth is a graduate of the Boise State University Supervisory Course, the Naval Post Graduate School -Fusion Center Leaders Course, and the Northwestern University-School of Police Staff and Command, class #429.

District 5 Captain

Captain Fritz Zweigart

Captain Fritz Zweigart started his career with the Idaho State Police in March 2004. He has served in Districts 5 and 6 and has held various roles including Patrol Lieutenant, Patrol Sergeant, Honor Guard, FTO, DRE, SFST Instructor, Level III Inspector, Executive Protection Detail, and was a Detective in District 6 Investigations for 3 years. Captain Zweigart holds an Associate’s Degree in Spanish and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Leadership.

District 6 Captain

Captain Steve Davis

Captain Steve Davis started his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Bonneville County Sheriff's Department serving in both patrol and investigations. In 1997 he joined the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Investigations Bureau. He has worked in Investigations for 17 years during which time Idaho Department of Law Enforcement evolved into the Idaho State Police. In 2004 he was promoted to Lieutenant over District 6 Investigations and then promoted again in 2014 as Captain over both District 6 Patrol and Investigations. Captain Davis has attended the FBI Command College and the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy.

Captain Commercial Vehicle Safety

Captain Scott Hanson

After serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1985-1989, Captain Scott Hanson started his law enforcement career with the Idaho State Police in 1990. He served as a resident trooper in District 2, as the Craigmont resident from 1990-1994 and as the Powell resident from 1994-1998. He transferred to District 6 in 1998 and was a district car until promoting to CVS Specialist in late 1999. He served as a field training officer and as a member of ISP’s Honor Guard. He was promoted to CVS Sergeant in 2003, overseeing the day-to-day operations of CVS Specialists in Districts 4, 5, and 6. He was promoted to Lieutenant of CVS in 2015 and moved from Idaho Falls to Meridian. He served as the CVS Lieutenant from 2015-2018, when he promoted to Captain overseeing the CVS program. He has served on the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Vehicle Committee since 2005 and in 2015 was voted as President of CVSA Region 4, representing 14 western states on the CVSA Board of Directors. Captain Hanson is a graduate of Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC class #429).

Captain Alcohol Beverage Control

Captain Brad Doty

Captain Brad Doty has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1994. He began his law enforcement career with the Lewis County Sheriff's Office. Captain Doty joined the Idaho State Police in 1997 and has served as a trooper, field training officer, drug recognition expert, executive protection, recruiter, POST instructor, and Crowd Intervention Team member. Upon completion of the ISP Advanced Training Class, he served as a St. Maries resident trooper in District One. In 1998, he transferred to District Two to become a resident trooper in Moscow. In 2004, he was promoted to Sergeant where he supervised the development and the day-to-day operations of a District Two patrol team. In 2012, he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to District Three Patrol in Meridian. In 2017, he was promoted to Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Captain. As the ABC Captain, he oversees the statewide operation of the issuance and regulation of the approximately 5,000 alcohol licenses (beer, wine, and liquor) issued in Idaho each year. Captain Doty holds a POST basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisor and management certificate. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police and Staff and Command (SPSC class #362).

Captain Regional Communication Centers

Captain Kevin Haight

Captain Haight joined the Idaho State Police (ISP) as a patrol trooper in 1999. His experience since then includes patrol, recruiter, executive protection, field training, honor guard, commercial vehicle safety, crash/crime scene reconstruction, sergeant, and lieutenant. He also served as a Law Enforcement Liaison for the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety and as a commissioner on the Twin Falls Traffic Safety Commission. Captain Haight currently oversees ISP's statewide Emergency Communications program (including responsibilities for all agency public safety radio systems and command of its Mobile Command Center), serves on the Idaho Public Safety Communications Commission and chairs its PSAP Standards & Training Committee. He also serves on the boards of both the Idaho Chapter of APCO/NENA and the Denise Amber Lee Foundation. Captain Haight holds a B.A. degree in Business Management from Ohio Christian University, an M.A. degree in Security Studies from Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and has completed Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command through its Center for Public Safety.

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