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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. Lt. Colonel Kelley took a position as a District 3 Patrol Sergeant in 2008. He promoted to District 3 Patrol Lieutenant in 2010. He promoted to Headquarters Captain in 2012 and 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.

Financial Executive Officer

Marsi Woody

Marsi Woody started her career with the State of Idaho in 1988 at the Military Division. Since then, she has worked at the Division of Financial Management (DFM) and the Division of Building Safety (DBS) as a Financial Officer and Deputy Administrator. Marsi joined the Idaho State Police in 2007 as Financial Executive Officer. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Boise State University and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). As an active member of the Idaho Centennial Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) for nearly 20 years, Marsi has served in positions within the State Chapter to include President. Additionally, she served as AGA Regional VP for the Rocky Mountain Region, and three years on the AGA National Executive Committee as Senior VP for Section III. Marsi also serves as the Vice-Chair for the AGA Professional Ethics Board. As Financial Executive Officer, Marsi is responsible for Management Services, which includes the Human Resources Office and the Financial Services Office.

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 hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Fox University.

West Area Command Major

Major Bill Gardiner

Major Bill Gardiner 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, Captain Gardiner served as an advisor to multiple truck driving schools, serving 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, Captain Gardiner transferred to the executive protection unit where he managed all security operations for the Governor and members of the Idaho Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Currently, Captain Gardiner serves as the District 3 District Commander and oversees all law enforcement operations for both the patrol and investigations divisions. 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 teaches at the Idaho POST Academy and the Idaho State Police Advanced Training Academy. Captain Gardiner received his Bachelor's Degree from Idaho State University and his Master's Degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #238.

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. 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 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 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 Lonnie Richardson

Captain Lonnie Richardson started his law enforcement career in January 1981 with the City of Burley Police Department. He achieved the rank of Corporal, was a Field Training Officer and was the Coordinator for the Police Reserve Program. In May 1984, Captain Richardson started his career with the Idaho State Police, assigned as a Burley resident Trooper. He transferred to Twin Falls in 1986. From 1988-1991, he planned, organized and managed law enforcement training classes at the College of Southern Idaho on Emergency Vehicle Operations as well as instructing EVOC at the ISP Advanced Academy. Captain Richardson was a Field Training Officer, a Crash Reconstructionist, and a VASCAR Instructor. He promoted to Patrol Sergeant in Idaho Falls in April 1991 and to Patrol Lieutenant in Lewiston in March 2001. In 2002, Investigations oversight was added to his Patrol Lieutenant management duties. Captain Richardson was promoted to District Commander with the rank of Captain in Lewiston in July 2004. Captain Richardson holds a POST Management Certificate and has attended the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School, the FBI Executive Command College, and the FBI National Academy.

District 3 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 4 Captain

Captain Ismael Gonzales

Captain Ismael Gonzales started his law enforcement career in 1987 working for the Rexburg Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer. In 1990, he joined the Idaho State Police as a district car in Idaho Falls. He held numerous positions while working in District 6. He served as a DRE, DRE Instructor, DRE Coordinator, FTO, Recruiter, Fitness Coordinator, member of the Crowd Intervention Team and Executive Protection, and the Ashton resident. In 1999, he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in District 6, where he served for nine years. In 2008, he was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant in District 5, where he served for seven years. Captain Gonzales graduated from the ISU Law Enforcement Program and holds a POST Management Certificate. He also graduated from Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command and holds a certificate of Applied Science from the College of Southern Idaho.

District 5 Captain

Captain Eric Dayley

Captain Eric Dayley was commissioned as an Idaho State Trooper in 1984. He has worked as a resident trooper, a crash reconstructionist, a field training officer, and in various other assignments and specialties during his career. He commanded the Regional Communications Center East for eight years. He was the lieutenant over both patrol and detectives in District Five for approximately two years. He was the statewide project manager for the Idaho State Police electronic citation project. Captain Dayley was promoted to District Five Commander in 2008. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in University Studies from Idaho State University, graduated from the 222 Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, and graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

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 Tim Horn

Captain Tim Horn began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Adams County Sheriff's Office where he served first as a Marine Deputy then as a Patrol Deputy. In 1997, Captain Horn joined ISP. He started in District 4 Patrol as a district car and served in District 3 in Mountain Home and Cascade before going back home to Council as a resident trooper. In 2006, Captain Horn moved to Meridian to accept a promotion as an ISP Narcotics Detective. In 2008, he transferred to Commercial Vehicle Safety (CVS) as a CVS Specialist. In 2010, Captain Horn promoted to CVS Sergeant and in 2013, he promoted to CVS Lieutenant.

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).


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