Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue was appointed to the cabinet-level position of Director of the Michigan State Police by Governor Rick Snyder effective January 9, 2011. Colonel Etue is the 18th Director in the 100-year history of the department and she is the department’s first female Director. As Director, Colonel Etue also serves as State Director of Emergency Management and as Michigan’s Homeland Security Director.
Colonel Etue began her career with the Department of State Police in 1987 as a member of 101st Trooper Recruit School. The Michigan State Police is a full-service law enforcement organization, with approximately 2,800 enlisted and civilian employees. The agency includes four bureaus: the Field Services Bureau; the Administrative Services Bureau; the Specialized Services Bureau; and the State Services Bureau.
Prior to her appointment as Director, Colonel Etue served as Deputy Director and Commander of the Administrative Services Bureau for four years. In this capacity, Colonel Etue provided executive direction and leadership to the Office of Behavioral Science; the Departmental Services Division, which includes budget forecasting, budget development and facility management; the Training and Standards Division; the Human Resources Division; the Public Affairs and Government Relations sections; and the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.
As a Captain, Colonel Etue served as commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division where she was responsible for the management and administration of statewide emergency management and homeland security programs, planning, and activities. She was one of only six female state emergency management directors in the country.
Colonel Etue holds an associate’s degree from Kalamazoo Valley College and is a graduate of the 206th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Colonel Etue chairs the Michigan Homeland Protection Board, Michigan Public Safety Interoperability Board, Auto Theft Prevention Authority, and Michigan Intelligence Operations Center Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan. Colonel Etue serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and as an Advisor-At-Large to the IACP State and Provincial Division, working to advance the profession of law enforcement. In 2015, Colonel Etue was appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the state’s Community Service Commission.