SCITUATE — Lt. Col. Kevin M. Barry, second in command of the Rhode Island State Police, is retiring after 27 years with the department.
Barry, who was elevated to lieutenant colonel in 2015, confirmed on Friday that his last day would be June 18.
“I’m truly blessed and honored to be a part of this place for so long,” Barry said. “I am honored and proud to work with these dedicated men and women.”
Barry is due to retire next year due to his years of service.
“I knew that day was coming,” Barry said, adding that he wasn’t ready to detail his next steps.
State Police Maj. Darnell S. Weaver, also a member of the force for 27 years, will assume the post of lieutenant colonel, Barry said. In this role, Weaver will be the highest-ranking colored officer in the Rhode Island State Police.
Weaver is now the commander of District A, overseeing the uniform division in northern Rhode Island, according to the state police website.
State Police Col. James M. Manni said he has known Barry and Weaver since their first week at the State Police Training Academy.
“I knew they would do well in the Rhode Island State Police,” Manni said. “They were both Marines. They were disciplined and polite.”
Manni credited Barry with seeing the state police through a tumultuous time as the state grappled with the COVID pandemic, civil unrest and difficulty recruiting new police recruits. He described the post of lieutenant colonel as his firewall.
“I owe my success as Superintendent of the State Police…to Kevin Barry. He is constantly troubleshooting, evaluating and prioritizing every request,”
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Manni said he chose Weaver to take on the job because of his skills as a compassionate leader who has risen through the ranks in uniform and is widely respected by the rank and file.
“He’s just a good, capable, smart soldier,” Manni said. “Darnell is just a real asset to the force.”
Barry and Weaver, Manni said, embody the motto of the Rhode Island State Police: In Service to the State.
Barry joined the State Police as a Private in 1994 and six years later joined the Detective Bureau, according to his State Police biography. For more than a decade as a detective, he investigated cases with the High Intensity Narcotics Drug Trafficking Task Force, the Intelligence Unit, and served on the Joint Criminal Investigation Task Force. FBI terrorism.
He also worked as an instructor at the State Police Training Academy, and in 2013 served as commandant of the academy.
He has since been promoted through the ranks and, in 2014, worked as Cranston’s acting police chief.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Worcester State University and served in the Marines.