Ralph Powell, a 30-year Idaho State Police veteran, was appointed March 21 to succeed Col. Jerry Russell as director of the agency.
Powell, who started his law enforcement career as a Boise police officer in 1983 and became an ISP trooper later that year, has been acting director since Russell retired in January. Powell was also elevated in rank from lieutenant colonel to colonel.
I appreciate the opportunity Governor Otter has given me to continue my service to the citizens of Idaho, Colonel Powell said. I look forward to our continued effort in building positive working relationships with our law enforcement counterparts throughout the state.
Colonel Powell and his wife, Julie, live in Meridian. They have five daughters, three sons-in-law and eight grandchildren.
Powell selected Kedrick Wills to be his deputy director. Wills will be promoted from major to lieutenant colonel and will be responsible for the operational command of the agency.
Wills' career in law enforcement began in his hometown police department of Glenns Ferry in 1994. He was hired as a bilingual police officer by the Nampa Police Department in 1995 and joined ISP in January 1996.
Wills and his wife, Johanna, have three daughters and one son.