A native of Louisville, Rodney Brewer currently serves as Kentucky State Police Commissioner, where he previously held the position from December 2007 – February 2016. A thirty-three-year veteran of the agency, he served in numerous assignments including uniformed operations, special investigations, narcotics, strategic planning, academy commander, and the executive protection detail assigned to protect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. He held every merit and non-merit rank within the organization and was the longest serving Commissioner in the agency’s history.
Brewer completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Louisville, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration in 1979 and his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1993. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer’s Course. Brewer has instructed at the Department of Criminal Justice Training, the FBI Academy at Quantico, National Crime Prevention Institute, the Southern Police Institute, and the Kentucky State Police Academy. He has also lectured in Europe and the Middle East on leadership and ethics to police agencies in Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, and Lebanon. He has traveled extensively in Mexico regarding language programs and intelligence sharing initiatives. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Executive Institute and recently completed the Leadership in Counter-terrorism (LINCT) course in Australia that involved police leadership from six different countries.
A nationally published author regarding various law enforcement topics, Brewer is frequently a sought after speaker by various police agencies and companies across the United States. He is the recipient of the United States Senator Wendell H. Ford Law Enforcement Leadership Award, the Southern Police Institute Distinguished Alumni Award, the Optimist Club Law Enforcement Official of the Year, the University of Louisville “Red Apple” Award for teaching excellence and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Melvin Shein Leadership Award.
Brewer has a son, daughter and two baby grand-daughters. He is an avid gardener, outdoorsman, woodworker and Corvette owner who lives with his wife in Ballardsville, Kentucky.