Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue (Ret.), Director of Legislative Affairs

Retired Colonel, Michigan State Police, Director of Legislative Affairs

Kriste Kibbey Etue was the first female Director of the Michigan State Police, has 32 years of professional law enforcement experience; she began her career with the MI State Police in 1987. She was appointed to this cabinet-level position by Governor Rick Snyder in 2011. She was the 18th Director in the 96- year history of the department, until retiring in 2018. She has also served as State Director of Emergency Management, and as Michigan’s Homeland Security Director. In 2019, following her retirement, she began  working for the Transportation Improvement Association (TIA), which is also where she first began her career. She is their Director of Legislative Affairs.

Prior to her appointment as Director, Etue served as Deputy Director and Commander of the Administrative Services Bureau for four years. In this capacity, Etue provided executive direction and leadership to the Office of Behavioral Science; the Departmental Services Division, which includes budget forecasting, budget development and facility management; the Training and Standards Division; the Human Resources Division; the Public Affairs and Government Relations sections; and the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

As a Captain, Etue served as commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division where she was responsible for the management and administration of statewide emergency management and homeland security programs, planning, and activities. She was one of only six female state emergency management directors in the country.

Etue graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, has also earned an Associate’s Degree from Kalamazoo Valley College.

She chaired the Michigan Homeland Protection Board, Michigan Public Safety Interoperability Board, Auto Theft Prevention Authority, and Michigan Intelligence Operations Center Advisory Board. Etue was also a member of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.