Gov. John Bel Edwards announces Maj. Kevin Reeves will act as interim superintendent of Louisiana State Police.

Reeves says his goal is to earn the trust and confidence of his peers, as well as their public safety partners and the citizens.

Reeves has more than 26 years of service at LSP, and he says working for State Police has been his life’s passion.

“There’s nothing I ever wanted to do in life but be a law enforcement officer, and it’s been a very rewarding career, and I look forward to continuing and serving in whatever capacity the governor would like me to serve in,” Reeves said.

Reeves will take over as interim superintendent when Col. Mike Edmonson retires Friday. The retirement comes amid multiple ongoing investigations into the department’s travel spending after troopers made taxpayer funded side trips on their way to a training conference. Reeves hopes this scandal doesn’t cast a shadow on the incredible work troopers do every day.

“My pledge to the public is to be transparent. I do realize that I myself as well as the entire department is accountable to the public. So we look forward to addressing these issues,” Reeves said.

Reeves says he would stay on as the permanent superintendent if the governor asked him to. He says through his career in law enforcement, this is a place he never thought he’d be. He says he is grateful the governor asked him to act as interim.

“I guess it would be a dream come true, but it’s not a dream that I ever thought would come true. It is truly a blessing, and I certainly am humbled by the confidence the governor had in me,” Reeves said.


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