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 – Chief of Operations

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.

Deputy Director – Chief of Staff

Lt. Colonel Bill Gardiner

Lt. Colonel 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, Lt. Colonel 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, Lt. Colonel 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, Lt. Colonel Gardiner served as the District 3 District Commander and oversaw all law enforcement operations for both the Patrol and Investigations Divisions. Lt. Colonel Gardiner was an ISP Area Commander and managed law enforcement operations in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, and Twin Falls. Additionally, he oversaw 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. Lt. Colonel Gardiner received his Bachelor’s Degree from Idaho State University and his Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Northern Command Major

Major Brad Doty

Major 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 oversaw 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).

Western Command Major

Major Russ Wheatley

Major Russ Wheatley has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1993. He began his law enforcement career with the Bannock County Sheriff's Office. Major 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, Major 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. Major 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.

Eastern Command Major

Major Steven Davis

Major Steven 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. Major Davis has attended the FBI Command College and the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy.

HQ Captain

Captain Sam Ketchum

Captain Ketchum joined the Idaho State Police, with ATC class 21, in 1999. He started his career in District 2, Lewiston, as a district car. He moved to District 3 with his family in 2002 and was assigned as a district car. He has been fortunate to have a variety of jobs with ISP. He has served as an ATC instructor, Patrol Sergeant, State Impaired Driving Coordinator, ABC Sergeant, and a Lieutenant in ABC and Patrol. He continues to teach SFST, DRE, Firearms, and EVOC for ATC, POST, and as an Adjunct instructor for CWI. Sam holds a POST Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisor, and Management Certificate. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC class #429).

HQ Captain

Captain Matt Smith

Captain Matt Smith graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in history/secondary education in 1996 and he began his career with the Idaho State Police in 1997. After graduating from ATC 18, his first duty assignment was in District 2 Patrol as a resident trooper assigned to Latah County. In 1999, Captain Smith transferred to District 3 Patrol, where he first served as an Elmore County resident trooper and then as a district trooper working out of the old Boise office and later the Meridian office. In 2007, Captain Smith was selected as a member of the ISP Motorcycle Unit, where he worked until 2011, when he was promoted to Sergeant in District 3 Patrol. In late 2012, Captain Smith moved to the supervisor of the ISP Motorcycle Unit. In 2017, Captain Smith was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, assigned to District Three Patrol. Throughout the course of his career, Captain Smith has served as a Crash Reconstructionist, a Field Training Officer, and as a member of the Project CHOICE Committee.

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 Richard Adamson

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 Chris Weadick

Captain Chris Weadick started with ISP in 1993 and after graduating from ATC 13, was assigned to District 2. In 2001 he transferred to Detectives in District 3. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 and later promoted to Lieutenant in 2006 and assigned to District 6. Before being hired by ISP, Captain Weadick worked for the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office. In 1990 he received a Bachelor's degree from Boise State University in Criminal Justice.

Captain Commercial Vehicle Safety

Captain Shawn Staley

Captain Staley began his career with ISP in 2004 as a Trooper in District 3. He worked in Executive Protection from 2006-2009. In 2009, he became a CVS Specialist in 2009. As a member of the Hazardous Materials Team, he became an instructor of Hazardous Materials Operations and ICS. He currently teaches hazardous materials courses for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). He is an active voting member on both the Training and Passenger Carrier committees for District IV of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

He promoted to CVS Sergeant in 2016 and Lieutenant in 2018. Captain Staley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of Utah, and in March 2020, he completed the School of Police Staff and Command class 441.

Captain Alcohol Beverage Control

Captain Rocky Gripton

Captain Gripton has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1994, graduating POST class #105. He began his law enforcement career working as a patrol officer for the city of New Plymouth where he learned the skills it took to be a small-town police officer and the importance of community relations. Captain Gripton joined the Payette County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 where he worked for one year as a patrol deputy before joining the Idaho State Police in 1997, graduating from ATC #16. Captain Gripton was assigned to the Gem County residency for 15 years and served as a crash reconstructionist, DRE, FTO, mobile command operator, child safety seat expert, executive protection, recruiter, mentor, and background investigator. Captain Gripton was promoted to Detective in Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) in 2011, ABC Sergeant in 2013, and ABC Lieutenant in 2019. Captain Gripton holds a POST Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Master, Supervisor, and Management certificate.

Regional Communication Centers

Captain Jens Pattis

Captain Pattis began his career with the Idaho State Police in 2004. After graduating from ATC 29, he was assigned to District Three Patrol where he served as a district car. In 2007, Captain Pattis was selected as a member of the Executive Protection Unit where he served as the Capitol Trooper. In 2010, he was selected as a member of the ISP Motorcycle Unit, where he worked until late 2012, when he was promoted to Sergeant in District 3 Patrol. In 2017, he moved to the supervisor of the ISP Motorcycle Unit. In June 2021, he was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant in District Three Patrol. In October, Captain Pattis was temporarily assigned to the Idaho State Police Regional Communications Center, where he currently serves. Throughout the course of his career, he has served as a Mentor, Recruiter, Field Training Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, Ethics and Police Motor Instructor, Statewide Electronic Ticket Administrator and member of the peer support team.

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