COLLINSVILLE — The Illinois State Police Districts 11 and 18 have a new commander.
Lt. Joseph Kollins has been promoted to commander over a territory that includes 10 counties in southwestern Illinois. Kollins has served with Illinois State Police since 1995, and has served with the tactical response team and as Zone 6 narcotics commander.
In 2008, Kollins was one of 20 troopers who represented Illinois State Police at the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, and served with Task Force Illinois during Hurricane Katrina.
Kollins has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and previously served as a police officer in Bloomington. He has also served with the Illinois Army National Guard, assigned to Operation Desert Storm.
District 11 is headquartered in Collinsville and serves Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties. District 18 is headquartered in Litchfield and serves Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery counties. Kollins will command both districts.