PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) — Rhode Island’s state police chief is stepping down to become city manager of South Kingstown.

South Kingstown City Council appointed State Police Col. James Manni as city manager on Monday evening. Shortly after, Governor Dan McKee released a statement saying Manni would be retiring after a 28-year career with the state police.

McKee said Manni will continue to lead the state police until April 29 as he begins his new job in his hometown on May 2.

McKee praised Manni for his integrity, professionalism and dedication. Manni said leading the agency has been the honor of his life.

“I leave with confidence that the agency is set up to succeed and pursue its mission to serve and protect,” he said in a statement.

McKee plans to announce a successor before Manni leaves.

Manni was appointed by former Governor Gina Raimondo in December 2018 to serve as Rhode Island’s 14th Superintendent of State Police and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety. He became a soldier in 1990 and retired in 2015 as a major. He worked at the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and was city manager of Narragansett before returning to the state police.

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