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Burks, Ishmon, F. Jr.

(born: 1945) 

Ishmon Burks, Jr. was born in Louisville, KY, the son of Ishmon Sr. and Juanita Burks. He was the first African American Kentucky State Police Commissioner, appointed by Governor Paul Patton in 2000. Burks was promoted to Justice Cabinet Secretary in 2002.

Burks is a graduate of Lincoln University of Missouri, (B.S., Education); Indiana University (M.S., Education); City University of New York; (M.A.,Criminology); and The Army War College. In 2011, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer named him interim chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Burks is a former executive vice president and COO of Spalding University. He is a retired colonel from the U.S. Army.

For more see "Retired Army officer first Black KSP chief," The Kentucky Post, 8/23/2000, News section, p. 1K; D. Stephenson, "Burks becomes state police head," Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/1/2000, City & Region section, p. B1; Col. F. Ishmon Burks: Military/Educator," at the Lincoln University website; and "Mayor names interim LMPD police chief, online at, 12/5/2011..

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