Lieutenant Colonels

The Colorado State Patrol is honored to have over 84 years of combined experience among the three Lieutenant Colonels. Each Lieutenant Colonel brings a vast array of knowledge and dedication to the Colorado State patrol. The Colorado State Patrol is organized into three regions, each region is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. A region is comprised of several districts and branches, or with specific sections within the organization of the Patrol.


Kevin Eldridge  Lieutenant Colonel
  Kevin Eldridge


 Region 1 Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Eldridge has been a peace officer in Colorado since 1989, as a Campus Police Officer for Red Rocks Community College, a Patrol and Motor Officer for Westminster Police Department and serving in many roles with the Colorado State Patrol.  As the Region III Commander, he over sees field Districts 2 and 5, the Communications Branch and Staff Services Branch.

Lieutenant Colonel Eldridge is married and has two sons.  His hobbies include skiing, motorcycles, road trips and boating.  He graduated from Northglenn High School in 1983 and received an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Red Rocks Community College in 1986.  He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy session #252 and Northwestern University Center of Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command session #304.

His career with the Colorado State Patrol began in 1996 with his first assignment in Boulder County, Troop 6C.  In 2000 he transferred to the CSP Training Academy as the Accident Investigation Training Coordinator and was promoted to the Accident Reconstruction Team Sergeant in District 3 in 2003.  He was promoted to the Limon Troop 1A Captain in 2004 and transferred to command the Immigration Enforcement Unit in 2008.  He transferred in 2011 to headquarters to create and implement the Strategic Analysis and Business Research section and was promoted to the rank of major over the Staff Services Branch in 2012.  In January 2014 he was promoted to the Region III Lieutenant Colonel.

Lieutenant Colonel Eldridge has been involved in Accident Reconstruction since the inception of the Accident Reconstruction Team (Vehicle Crimes Unit ) and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction.  He has served a member of the Statewide Traffic a Records Advisory Committee developing the Colorado Investigating Officer's Traffic Accident Reporting Manual, and a member of the Governor's Office Immigration Task force.






Lt. Colonel Brenda Leffler
Brenda Leffler

Region 2 Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Brenda L. Leffler has twenty years of law enforcement experience with the Colorado Department of Public Safety. She is currently the commander of Region II for the Colorado State Patrol, which is comprised of the Criminal Investigations Branch, the Training Services Branch, two field Districts and the Staff Services Branch.  


Beginning her career with the Colorado State Patrol in 1993, Lieutenant Colonel Leffler was first assigned as a field trooper in Jefferson County. She has served as a trooper in Teller County, a technician at the CSP Training Academy and a sergeant in Gilpin County. 


Lieutenant Colonel Leffler was active in the development of the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) and the Colorado Infrastructure Protection Project (Rubicon). Lieutenant Colonel Leffler has been active in the implementation of state homeland security strategies and serves as a subject matter expert in the areas of fusion center doctrine and critical infrastructure protection for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 


Lieutenant Colonel Leffler is a founding member of the Colorado State Patrol’s Women’s Resource Network (WRN) and is a member of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE). 


Lieutenant Colonel Leffler also serves on several boards and committees, to include the Colorado Homeland Security Advisory Committee, the Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Committee and the Colorado Special Olympics Executive Board. 


Lieutenant Colonel Leffler has an additional ten years of law enforcement experience from her service in the United States military. Lieutenant Colonel Leffler has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the 241st Session of the FBI National Academy.





Lieutenant Colonel Mark Savage 
 Lieutenant Colonel
Mark Savage

Region 3 Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Savage has been with the Colorado State Patrol since 1995. Lieutenant Colonel Savage is currently assigned to Region III which includes Districts 2 and 5 in Southern Colorado, the Communications Branch and the Motor Carrier Services Branch.  
After graduating from the academy he spent his first seven years stationed in Idaho Springs as a trooper and hazardous materials enforcement specialist. Lieutenant Colonel Savage was promoted to sergeant in 2002. He was assigned to the Motor Carrier Safety Unit where he began working closely with the commercial vehicle industry to improve traffic safety in Colorado. In 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Savage was promoted to captain and assigned to the Executive Security Unit. In 2008, he transferred to Motor Carrier Safety Unit as the unit commander. In 2010 Lieutenant Colonel Savage was promoted to the rank of major and assigned to the Operational Services Branch. 
In 2012 the Colorado Port of Entry was transferred to the Colorado State Patrol. Then Major Savage was assigned the responsibility of successfully integrating the largest ever expansion of personnel in CSP history. The branch was renamed the Motor Carrier Services Branch and he became responsible for all commercial vehicle safety enforcement activities in the state. 
In January of 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Savage transferred to District One as the district commander and was assigned all Denver Metropolitan field troopers and the Executive Security Unit. Lieutenant Colonel Savage was promoted to his current rank on July 1, 2014.  
Lieutenant Colonel Savage has been an active member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance serving as the organization’s President in 2012 and 2013 and is considered a subject matter expert in commercial vehicle safety for the state and the nation. 
Lieutenant Colonel Savage has a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Coe College in Iowa and is a graduate of the 256th Session of the FBI’s National Academy. Lieutenant Colonel Savage also is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command session #304.