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Kevin R. Costello, Imperial Captain of the Guard


Kevin R. Costello of Tillson, New York, is currently serving his second year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. He was elected Imperial Captain of the Guard, part of the 12-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2017 Imperial Session – held in Daytona Beach, Florida, July 9 – July 13.

Costello is a member of Rondout Lodge #343 Free and Accepted Masons. He is a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, Valley of Albany, Scottish Rite, and Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Ambassador Unit. He is also Chairman of the Ambassador Unit Golf Tournament, and Past Chairman of Monster Raffle. 

A member of Cyprus Shriners in Albany, New York, Costello is Chairman of the Sportsman's Raffle, and Past Potentate of the temple. He is a Cyprus Shriners Representative to the Mid-Atlantic Shrine Association, the New York-Ontario Shrine Association, and Imperial Session. Costello is also Past Director of Albany Court #77, Royal Order of Jesters, in Albany. In addition, he was previously a member of the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield.

Costello served in the United States Air Force before he was honorably discharged. From 1982 to 1986, he was employed by the New Paltz Police as a police officer. He was then appointed to the position of Trooper, New York State Police, from 1986 to 2006. There, he obtained the ranks of Investigator, Sergeant, and Lieutenant – Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He also supervised the New York State Police Counterterrorism Unit, and was assigned Troop “F,” where he supervised 100 investigators in five countries, and received five Superintendent’s Commendations. He was then recruited by Barons Security Agency, in Montgomery, New York, where he served as Vice President and C.E.O. from 2007 to 2008. Costello currently serves as president and C.E.O of Alert Security and Investigations, Inc., which he formed in 2008.

Costello was previously a board member of Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State, a security professional organization, and a Life Member of Ulster County Police Chiefs Association. He is also a volunteer fireman for Tillson Fire District, which he has served for more than 40 years, a former member of the Board of Fire Commissioners, Tillson Fire District, and a Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 686, in High Falls, New York.

In 2003, Costello received his master’s degree in public administration from Marist College. He received his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Empire State College, S.U.N.Y.

Costello has been married to the beautiful Jill L. Costello since 2009. He has four stepchildren, two still residing at home, Katie and Stephanie, and Loren and Joseph. He has one grandchild, Kevin Alston, who is 2 years old.