BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards has named Col. Kevin Reeves as superintendent of Louisiana State Police.
Edwards held a news conference Tuesday, June 13 to announce his permanent appointment to head the state's top law enforcement agency. Reeves had been serving in the role on an interim basis since Col. Mike Edmonson retired from the position earlier this year.
"Two and a half months ago, no, you couldn't have told me that I would be standing here in this position," Reeves said while publicly accepting the job. "I was truly honored and taken aback."
Edwards offered Reeves the spot after an extensive search process and numerous interviews. The governor called him "impressive."
"The one name that kept coming up, regardless of what part of the state or who I was talking to, was that Kevin Reeves is someone who needed to be considered," said Edwards.
Reeves has been with the agency for about 27 years. He joined LSP in 1990. A Baton Rouge native, he worked his way up the ranks, serving as a squad leader, undercover agent, and troop commander over his more than two decades of service. He eventually achieved the rank of Major.
"He has absolutely proven himself to be a strong, respected, and capable leader and I know that he's going to do a great job here for many years to come," the governor said.
Reeves took over as interim superintendent in March amid scandal at the agency. Former LSP head Mike Edmonson retired as questions mounted about a trip several troopers took to California. That trip included a pit stop in Las Vegas and at the Grand Canyon.
Reeves said the agency is now reviewing travel policies and working to improve accountability. "We as a department are moving forward. That doesn't mean we're discounting the past. We're learning from it. We're moving forward to make operations better and instill confidence," said Reeves.
Reeves said the internal investigation into the California trip is complete. However, he said, they are still working to implement disciplinary action and will not release the findings publicly until that is complete.
Reeves is married to Kristi Hall Reeves and they have three children together. One of them, Kaleb, recently graduated from the state police academy.
State legislators passed a bill during the 2017 session that would create an exception to the state's ethics laws, allowing Kaleb to serve as a trooper while his father heads the agency.