(AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has chosen the Jeffersontown police chief as the new Kentucky State Police commissioner.
Bevin appointed Richard W. Sanders to the post on Monday after an eight-person committee recommended him. The committee was led by Republican State Rep. Robert Benvenuti of Lexington and Justice Secretary John Tilley and included three current and two retired state police officers.
Sanders has been the Jeffersontown police chief since 2007. He has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, most of it with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency where he was a pilot based in Miami in the late 1980s before being promoted to work in DEA's Washington headquarters.
Bevin also appointed William Alexander Payne as deputy commissioner. Payne is the major of operations for the Jeffersontown Police Department.