Kathleen Sauter Stevens, a Chicago native, began employment with the Illinois State Police in November 1978. She was one of the first 10 women hired as a trooper and was assigned patrol duties in the Chicagoland area. As the second eldest from a working class family, she never anticipated a career as a police officer.
During her 27 year tenure with the ISP, she has served in numerous positions such as patrol Trooper, Public Information Officer, academy instructor, Cadet Class Coordinator, Personnel Bureau Chief, Commander of two field districts and the ISP Academy, and Lieutenant Colonel in the Division of Internal Investigation where she was responsible for overseeing investigations of allegations of wrongdoing of state employees.
She is enthusiastic about her current assignment as Colonel in the Division of Forensic Services because cutting edge technology is changing the role of forensics in the world of crime solving.
Colonel Stevens is a member and leader of various law enforcement and women=s professional associations. Most notably she was the founding President of Illinois Women In Leadership (IWIL) in 2004 in Springfield. She has a Master=s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
She has received numerous awards such as the First Annual IWIL Ruby Award for Excellence in April 2005 and authored the article "The Changing Role of Forensic Science " published in a number of police professional print media.