Idaho State Police’s next deputy director is a Rupert native who began his career in 1997. Maj. Sheldon Kelley, a native of Rupert, will assume his new rank of lieutenant colonel on July 2. Lt. Col. Kedrick Wills — the next Idaho State Police director — designated his own replacement with the appointment of Kelley. It will become effective once Col. Ralph Powell retires and Wills assumes his role as director on June 30. Kelley began his career with the Idaho State Police in 1997 after six years of service in the United States Army. He attended the Idaho Peace Officer Standards Training and ISP training academies. He was assigned as a resident trooper to the Gooding County area. In 2002, he was promoted to a member of a narcotics investigation team in the Treasure Valley. He was promoted to District 3 Patrol lieutenant in 2010, headquarters captain in 2012 and major in April 2016.Bottom of Form “Major Kelley is highly deserving of this promotion and I’m confident he’ll handle his new role with the integrity and outstanding attention to detail for which he is well known throughout ISP and the Idaho law enforcement community,” Wills said in a statement.