FRANKFORT, Ky. – Joe West, a retired Kentucky State Police officer, has been named the director of the ranger division for the Kentucky State Parks, Commissioner Elaine Walker announced today.

"Joe comes to us with a tremendous wealth of experience as a Kentucky State Police officer in a variety of positions,” Walker said. “He’ll make a great addition to the Department of Parks.”

West began his career with the state police in 1978 and served as a commander and supervisor in several areas, including support services, operations and internal affairs. He was a lieutenant colonel and director of the administrative division, with 220 employees, from 2004-2008. West has also served as an instructor for Eastern Kentucky University, Prestonsburg Community College and the Kentucky State Police Academy.

He received his undergraduate and master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1989.

Kentucky State Park rangers provide public safety and law enforcement services at 49 state parks. For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov




The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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