Madison, Wis. – Today, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the appointment of Brian O’Keefe to Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
“Anybody who has worked with Brian knows his passion for law enforcement and public safety,” said Attorney General Schimel. “As DCI Administrator, Brian will provide the highest caliber assistance and support to local law enforcement agencies.”
“Attorney General Schimel could not have picked a better choice to lead DCI,” said Marquette County Sheriff Kim Gaffney, President of the Badger State Sheriffs’ Association. “On behalf of all the sheriffs in the State, I can say we are more than pleased with the cooperation and collaboration Brian has brought to the table as DLES Administrator and we look forward to continuing the relationship with him as DCI Administrator. During these trying times for Wisconsin law enforcement, we need a leader like Brian O’Keefe.”
O’Keefe joined DOJ in 2011 when he was appointed by former Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to be Administrator of DOJ’s Division of Law Enforcement Services. Attorney General Schimel re-appointed him to this same position upon his election.
O’Keefe has helped lead many of Attorney General Schimel’s initiatives, including the Dose of Reality prescription drug abuse prevention campaign, prescription drug disposal, officer wellness and suicide prevention, enhanced law enforcement training for the investigation of sexual assaults and domestic violence, and new and innovative law enforcement training to meet the challenges of today’s policing environment.
O’Keefe has built a reputation statewide for successfully collaborating with the Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police organizations, and the major police unions, in order to enhance law enforcement’s ability to keep their communities safe and return home safely at the end of their shifts each day.
“Brian O’Keefe is nothing short of a legend in the law enforcement community and Wisconsin will be well-served to have him at the helm of DCI,” said Sheboygan Chief of Police Chris Domagalski, President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. “From his technical expertise as a homicide detective to his unbridled dedication to ensuring that Wisconsin law enforcement officers are the best-trained and best-equipped in the country, Brian is simply the finest partner police departments in this state have ever had.”
O’Keefe began his law enforcement career with the Milwaukee Police Department as Police Aide in 1981 and worked his way through the ranks, primarily in the Criminal Investigation Bureau, retiring in 2008 as the Deputy Chief in charge of the Criminal Investigation Bureau. O’Keefe continued his career with M&I Bank, working in Corporate Security before returning to public service in 2011 at DOJ.
O’Keefe is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy and was elected to the Executive Board for the Wisconsin Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. O’Keefe is also a member of several state and national law enforcement organizations and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Law Enforcement Standards Board, where he serves as Secretary.