Kelenske Promoted to State Police Deputy Director

Contact: Ms. Lori Dougovito, MSP Public Affairs Section, 517-284-3223

June 7, 2018


Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce the promotion of Capt. Chris Kelenske to lieutenant colonel and commander of the Specialized Services Bureau. Kelenske replaces Lt. Col. Gary Gorski who has retired.

In his new position, Kelenske will serve as one of the department’s four deputy directors and as a member of the department’s Executive Council. As commander of the Specialized Services Bureau, Kelenske is responsible for managing the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and Intelligence Operations Division.

Prior to his promotion, Kelenske served as captain and commander of the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor. He oversaw statewide management and coordination for all disasters and emergencies for the State of Michigan and coordinated with private, public, non-profit stakeholders on emergency management and homeland security strategies.

As the commander of the EMHSD, he managed four presidential disasters/emergencies and 13 gubernatorial disasters/emergencies. He also oversaw approximately $89 million in federal homeland security and emergency management non-disaster and disaster related grants.

Kelenske enlisted with the department in 1995 as a member of the 111th Trooper Recruit School. He has served in positions at the Lansing and State Capitol posts and Training Division. He has also served as assistant commander of the Homeland Security/Infrastructure Analysis and Response Section in MSP/EMHSD and commander of the Field Support and Aviation Section in the Special Operations Division. Kelenske assisted in the development and implementation of the MSP’s Secure Cities Partnership, which focuses on providing enhanced law enforcement services in urban areas struggling with an increase in violent crime.

Kelenske has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University, 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 FBI National Academy. A native of the Muskegon area, he and his family live in Holt.