Colonel Robert Evanchick, State Police Commissioner
Colonel Robert Evanchick was named by Governor Tom Wolf as the Acting Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police effective March 24, 2018. His nomination was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 4, 2019.
Colonel Evanchick exercises command, administrative, and fiscal authority over the Pennsylvania State Police which is the tenth largest police agency in the United States, serving a population of more than 3.3 million residents over a 36,000 square-mile area. He oversees a budget of more than 1.3 billion dollars and commands a statewide complement of approximately 6,500 enlisted and civilian employees, which includes an authorized complement of 4,719 State Police Troopers.
As the Commissioner, 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.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Colonel Evanchick has more than 39 years of law enforcement 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, Colonel Evanchick served in patrol, crime, and staff related positions. He has an extensive background in conducting and supervising undercover vice and narcotics investigations. He has been a Station Commander, a Troop Commander, and served nearly six years as the Director of the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards, leading the Internal Affairs Division, the Systems and Process Review Division, and the Risk Management Office.
Most recently, he was responsible for the administration, coordination, and command of all field operations for the Department in his role as Deputy Commissioner of Operations.
Colonel Evanchick serves as Chairman of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission and serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, and the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. He is the Chairman of the Statewide Driving Under the Influence Task Force, and serves on the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council, the Governor’s School Safety Task Force, and the Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Internal Affairs Investigators, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 43.