Kentucky State Police
Richard W. Sanders was appointed Commissioner, Kentucky State Police on April 1, 2016, by Governor Matt Bevin.
Commissioner Sanders has over 40 years of distinguished service in law enforcement. He began his career as a police officer for the Jefferson County Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky in 1973. In 1983 Commissioner joined the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Special Agent within the Louisville, Kentucky Resident Office.
Commissioner Sanders was transferred to the Miami Field Division in 1988 as a Special Agent/Pilot. In 1994, Commissioners Sanders was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Aviation Support in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he oversaw the training, standardization, and proficiency check rides for all DEA aviators.
In 1996, Commissioner Sanders was transferred to the Louisville, Kentucky as the Resident Agent in Charge. Commissioner Sanders was transferred to DEA Headquarters in 2001 and was promoted to the position of Special Assistant to the Administrator where he served two DEA Administrators. In 2001, Commissioner Sanders was transferred to the Indianapolis, Indiana District Office as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge.
Commissioner Sanders was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2002 to serve as Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division. Following retirement from DEA, Commissioner Sanders served as Chief of Police for Jeffersontown Police Department from 2007 – 2016.
Commissioner Sanders is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Has a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration and a Master of Science in Justice Administration obtained from the University of Louisville.
Tuesday, April 23
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Tuesday, April 23
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM