Alcohol Beverage Control Chief Set to Retire


Lt. Clements served a 31 year career in law enforcement.
  • Lt. Robert Clements is stepping down as the Idaho Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau chief early next week, capping off a 31-year career in law enforcement.

Lt. Robert Clements, after serving 11 years as the head of Idaho State Police Department's Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau, is set to retire early next week.

As bureau chief, Clements managed a department responsible for all establishments selling or producing alcoholic beverages, including bars, taverns, pubs and restaurants across the state, to ensure conformity with Idaho State Code, sometimes to the chagrin of Idaho business owners.

Clements began a law enforcement career that spanned 31 years in 1982 with the Valley County Sheriff's Office, and joined ISP in 1986. In 1989, he became a defensive tactics instructor and crash reconstructionist, followed by a nine-year stint with the Commercial Vehicle Safety/Hazmat division, during which he initiated the Environmental Crimes Investigation Program.

According to Idaho State Police, Clements plans to divide his time between Arizona and Idaho.