A 19-year veteran of the Idaho Department of Correction was named as the department's new top executive late Wedneday.
Kevin Kempf served as a correctional officer at the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center, parole officer, investigator, section supervisor, district manager, warden, chief of prisons and, most recently, IDOC deputy director.
Reinke replaces Brent Reinke who stepped down from IDOC's top post on Nov. 26.
“My absolute top priority is the safety of the people of the state of Idaho,” Kempf says. “I look forward to working with the board to assure that offenders are held accountable while offering the tools they need to those who are ready to change and become law-abiding citizens.”
Kempf will oversee nearly 2,000 IDOC employees, responsible for nearly 22,00 felony offenders, in the department's nine prisons, four community re-entry centers and seven probation and parole districts. The department's budget is approximately $220 million.