Portrait of Kevin from Dec. 9, 2014
Director Kevin Kempf

Kevin Kempf joined the Idaho Department of Correction in 1995 as a correctional officer at Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center. He went on to serve in a variety of positions including parole officer, investigator, section supervisor, district manager, warden, chief of prisons and deputy director. The Idaho Board of Correction appointed Kempf director of the department in December 2014.

As director, Kempf oversees the entirety of IDOC’s operations including its nine prisons, four community re-entry centers and seven probation and parole districts. The department has an annual budget of $220 million and employs nearly 2,000 corrections professionals. They are responsible for the incarceration and community supervision of 22,000 felony offenders.

As Kempf has risen through the ranks, he has sought to remain close to those correctional professionals who have the difficult and often dangerous job of directly managing felony offenders on a daily basis. Kempf calls his frontline staff “unsung heroes.”

Kempf’s top priority is public safety. He works closely with the Idaho Board of Correction to hold offenders accountable while offering those who want to change the education and treatment they need to become law-abiding citizens.

In 2006, Kempf was appointed to the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision. The commission is the national organization that oversees the transfer and relocation of felony offenders across state lines. During Kempf’s six years as Idaho’s representative, his peers twice elected him to leadership positions. He first served as treasurer and later as vice president of the organization.

Kempf is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He came to Idaho in 1990 to attend what is now known as BYU-Idaho. Kempf and his wife have three young children. They live in Idaho’s Canyon County where Kempf serves as bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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