Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick, Acting State Police Commissioner
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick was named by Governor Tom Wolf as the Acting Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police on March 22, 2018. As Acting Commissioner, he exercises administrative, command, and fiscal authority and responsibility over the Department. He oversees a budget of more than 1.2 billion dollars and commands a statewide complement of approximately 6,000 enlisted and civilian employees, which includes more than 4,200 State Police Troopers.
As the Acting Commissioner, Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick is empowered by statute to assist the Governor by enforcing the law and preserving the peace through the detection of crime, apprehension of criminals, and patrol of the highways. He also serves as Chairman of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick has more than 39 years of law enforcing experience. He began his career in 1979 as a patrol officer with the Wilkes-Barre police department, before enlisting in the Pennsylvania State Police in 1981.
As he rose through the ranks of the State Police, Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick served as the Vice and Narcotic Unit Supervisor in Troop F, Patrol Section Supervisor in Troop P, and Commander of Troop R. He also spent time with the Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement and served for nearly six years as the Director of the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Most recently, he was responsible for the administration, coordination, and supervision of all field operations for the Department in his role as Deputy Commissioner of Operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and sits on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania.