Chris Kelenske appointed Deputy Director, Michigan State Police

June 13, 2018: Chris Kelenske was appointed as a Deputy Director of the Michigan State Police (MSP) and as the Commander of the department’s Specialized Services Bureau on Thursday, June 7, 2018, by State Police Director Col. Kriste K. Etue. Kelenske was also promoted on June 7 from Captain to Lieutenant Colonel. In her new positions, Kelenske succeeds Lt. Col. Gary Gorski, who has retired. In her new post, Kelenske will be one of the State Police’s four Deputy Directors and a Member of the department’s Executive Council. As the Commander of the Specialized Services Bureau, Kelenske is responsible for managing the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and the Intelligence Operations Division. Before his promotion, Kelenske was the Captain and Commander of the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, the Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Deputy Homeland Security Adviser. Kelenske enlisted with MSP in 1995 as a member of the 111th Trooper Recruit School. He has worked in positions at the Lansing and State Capitol posts and at the Training Division. He has also worked as the Assistant Commander of the Homeland Security/Infrastructure Analysis and Response Section in MSP/EMHSD and as the Commander of the Field Support and Aviation Section at the Special Operations Division. Kelenske received a master’s degree in homeland security and defense from the Naval Postgraduate School and a master’s certificate in criminal justice studies from the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the 235th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy.


Attribution: Michigan State Police



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