Kevin McElyea Appointed Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) Director.

Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division Director, Kevin R. Klein, appoints Kevin McElyea as the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) Director.  McElyea, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, begins his tenure at the CIAC on October 29, 2018. He was chosen following a national search that resulted in 70 applicants. He brings a wealth of leadership experience, local stakeholder perspective and a diverse background that will be an asset to the CIAC and its many partners.


McElyea comes to the CIAC with 12 years of command level experience with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Florida. He recently commanded the Special Operations Bureau and served as the High Risk Incident Commander for occurrences requiring activation of SWAT, Emergency Response Teams (ERT) and other high profile events. He led over 17 individual units including aviation, animal services, agriculture, marine, traffic, DUI, K-9, mounted patrol, SWAT, ERT, Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force, school resource officers, crime prevention, among others.


McElyea holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Argosy University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of the Florida Sheriff’s Association Commanders Academy and holds several certifications for incident command and weapons of mass destruction response tactics.


McElyea has been married for 17 years and has two children ages 12 and 10 and a rescue puppy. He has been visiting Colorado for over 20 years and is truly excited to have the opportunity to call Colorado home.


The CIAC serves as the focal point within the state for receiving, analyzing and sharing threat-related information among private sector, local, tribal, and federal partners. The CIAC includes over 50 members from all levels of government and that represents a clearinghouse for threat information with a focus on protecting civil rights, civil liberties and privacy concerns. The CIAC also provides situational awareness and a common operating picture and coordinated information collection, analysis, dissemination for Colorado Department of Public safety (CDPS).