DCI - Leadership

Col. Trame

  • Colonel Chris Trame
  • Deputy Director

Colonel Chris Trame was appointed as Deputy Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) on September 1, 2022. He previously served as Assistant Deputy Director of DCI since August 2019. Before his appointment to DCI, Colonel Trame served as Assistant Deputy Director in the Division of Operations (DOO) since November 1, 2015. There, he led statewide support, patrol, and investigative units. He was appointed to Major in DOO in January 2014, overseeing all patrol and investigative operations in Southern Illinois.

In 1997, Colonel Trame began his academy training as part of Cadet Class 94. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Quincy University. Colonel Trame was previously assigned to District 11 patrol, Zone 4 Investigations, the DOO Deputy Director’s Office, the Illinois State Police (ISP) Academy, as well as Districts 9 and 10 patrol. He has been with the ISP since 1995, when he served as a civilian employee in the ISP Public Information Office. Colonel Trame is committed to continuing our efforts to provide professional investigative services to our law enforcement partners in service of the people of Illinois.

Lt. Col. Matthew Gainer

  • Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Gainer
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Gainer was appointed as Assistant Deputy Director for the Division of Criminal Investigations Investigative Command in September 2022. Before his appointment, Lieutenant Colonel Gainer was assigned as the Northern Illinois Investigative Commander while simultaneously being assigned to the Chicago area Unified Command. While is these roles, Lieutenant Colonel Gainer worked in conjunction with the Division of Patrol and Division of Forensic Services to combat expressway violence in the Chicago area while also supervising investigative efforts throughout Northern Illinois. Lieutenant Colonel Gainer is currently a member of the Executive Board of Directors of both the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and the Illinois Homicide Investigators Association.

Lieutenant Colonel Gainer has been with the Illinois State Police in 1995, when he was hired as a civilian in the Joliet Forensic Science Laboratory. Lieutenant Colonel Gainer also worked as a Forensic Science Trainee in the Firearms and Toolmarks Section at the Forensic Science Center Chicago prior to his appointment to Cadet Class 94 in 1997. Upon graduating from the ISP Academy, Lieutenant Colonel Gainer was assigned to District Chicago where he worked on the Special Enforcement Team, was detailed to the town of Cicero (1999) and patrolled the Village of Ford Heights. Lieutenant Colonel Gainer became a Special Agent in what is now the Division of Criminal Investigation in 2000. During his time with the DCI, Lieutenant Colonel Gainer has held investigative and supervisor positions in violent crime squads, covert investigative task forces, firearm investigations unit, Federal Task Forces, the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and the Zone 1 Public Integrity Task Force. Lieutenant Colonel Gainer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Illinois State 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.