Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today that Jeffersontown Police Chief Richard W. Sanders will serve as the new Commissioner for Kentucky State Police (KSP).
Sanders joins KSP with more than 40 years of experience from federal and local law enforcement agencies. He has held executive leadership positions for the past two decades and was named Kentucky’s Chief of the Year in 2012.
In addition, Maj. William Alexander Payne with Jeffersontown Police will perform the role of Deputy Commissioner under Sanders. He brings more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and police operations, including nearly 19 years with KSP.
Both appointments were recommended by an eight-member search committee comprised of Secretary Tilley, Rep. Robert Benvenuti (R-Lexington), two retired KSP officers, three current KSP officers and a community representative.