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February 26, 2013

Kelenske named commander of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division

LANSING, MICH. Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce the promotion of F/Lt. Chris Kelenske to captain and commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (EMHSD), effective Feb. 17, 2013.

As commander of the EMHSD, Kelenske is responsible for the statewide management and administration of emergency management and homeland security programs, as well as supervision of the division’s 75 employees. In this position, he also serves as the Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Prior to his promotion, Kelenske was temporarily assigned to the Office of the Director as coordinator of the department’s Secure Cities Partnership, which focuses on providing enhanced MSP law enforcement services in the cities of Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw.

Kelenske enlisted with the department in 1995, graduating as a member of the 111th Trooper Recruit School. He has previously served at the Training Division, Lansing and State Capitol posts, assistant commander of the Homeland Security/Infrastructure Analysis and Response Section in EMHSD as well as commander of the Field Support and Aviation Section.

Kelenske is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where he received a Bachelor of Science. He also holds a Master of Arts in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security. In 2008, Kelenske graduated from the 235th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Kelenske and his wife, Alison, reside in Holt with their two sons.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.

Source:  News release from Michigan State Police


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