DCI - Leadership

Col. Cormier

  • Colonel Sean Cormier
  • Deputy Director

Colonel Cormier began his career with the ISP in 1995, as a member of Cadet Class 92. As a Trooper, he worked patrol in District 18, was a member of the Tactical Response Team (SWAT), and served in the Executive Protection Unit where he was promoted to Sergeant. He held several positions at the Training Academy from 2003 to 2009, including Physical Fitness Coordinator and Cadet Class Coordinator, and was promoted to Master Sergeant as the Assistant Bureau Chief, Bureau of Training. Colonel Cormier served as Chief of Staff in the Division of Forensic services from 2009 to 2011, then was promoted to Lieutenant and returned to the Academy as Training Bureau Chief. He attended FBI National Academy Session 250, served as Commander of the Special Operations Command, then the Crime Scene Services Command where he was promoted to Captain. He was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Division of Administration in 2015 and appointed to the rank of Colonel in the Division of Forensic Services in 2018. Colonel Cormier was appointed as Deputy Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation on November 1, 2021. Colonel Cormier is committed to continuous improvement and service to the criminal justice community and the people of Illinois.

Lt. Col. Trame

  • Lieutenant Colonel Chris Trame
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lt. Colonel Chris Trame was appointed as Assistant Deputy Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) in 2019. Before his appointment to DCI, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Director in 2015 to the Division of Operations, where he led statewide support, patrol, and investigative units. After spending several years in District 11 Patrol, he was appointed to Major in 2014, overseeing all patrol and investigative operations in Southern Illinois.

Lt. Colonel Trame was previously assigned to Zone 4 Investigations, the Illinois State Police (ISP) Academy, as well as Districts 9 and 10 patrol. In 1997, Lt. Colonel Trame began his academy training as part of Cadet Class 94. He has been with the ISP since 1995 when he served in the ISP Public Information Office as a civilian employee. Before this, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Quincy University.

Lt. Col. J W Price

  • Lieutenant Colonel J.W. Price
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lieutenant Colonel J.W. Price was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Director for the Division of Criminal Investigation - Special Operations Command in August 2022. Before his appointment, Lieutenant Colonel Price had a diverse background in the ISP having previously served as a Major in the Office of the Director as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Planning, Commander of District 9 Patrol, the Executive Protection Unit Operations Officer & Travel Detail Leader, an Operator on Special Weapons & Tactics Team (SWAT), and District 8 patrol officer. Lieutenant Colonel Price has served many years as a Crisis Negotiator, Firearms Instructor and Rapid Deployment Instructor for the department.

Lieutenant Colonel Price previously served in law enforcement as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service and a Deputy Sheriff with the McLean County Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Colonel Price is a graduate of the FBI National Academy class #280, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff & Command Class #414, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Criminal Investigator Training Program U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Training Course, and University of Illinois Police Training Institute. He has also served as a Governor appointed board member to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board since 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement & Justice Administration from Western Illinois University and is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.