Gov. JB Pritzker today appointed St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly to lead the Illinois State Police, the third prosecutor tapped to run ISP.
The appointment is pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate.
Kelly will serve as director of the Illinois State Police.
He has served as the state’s attorney of St. Clair County since 2010. He previously served as an assistant state’s attorney and has had a wide range of experience with law enforcement.
In November, Kelly lost in a failed bid to unseat Rep. Mike Bost for 12th Congressional District.
As a college student, Kelly volunteered with a non-profit group that worked with law enforcement combating child prostitution in Calgary, Canada.
During his military service as an officer in the United States Navy, Kelly conducted research on Israeli-Palestinian joint police patrols in the Middle East.
As an assistant state’s attorney, he served on the Illinois State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Council. He was appointed by former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission in 2013 and was recently appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Commission. Kelly has also been named to the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. He received his Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame.