Ed Strickfaden, a 28-year veteran with the Idaho State Police, on Tuesday was named division administrator by Gov. Phil Batt.
Strickfaden, 49, formerly of Coeur d’Alene, has been serving as interim division administrator since January and served as deputy superintendent before that.
The position of State Police superintendent has been abolished and the director of the Department of Law Enforcement will head the agency.
Batt said he picked Strickfaden as administrator based on his law enforcement experience.
“Ed Strickfaden received a strong show of support from both local and state law enforcement,” the governor said. “He is well respected among the state troopers and has shown his ability to work with county sheriffs and city police chiefs.”
Strickfaden, who started with ISP in 1967, was commander of the Coeur d’Alene district from 1985-91 and was field operations commander from 1991-2.
In 1974, he was honored by the American Legion and Gov. Cecil Andrus for swimming into the Clearwater River and pulling a woman from a submerged car.
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