RHODE ISLAND, March 22 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee today announced that Rhode Island State Police Superintendent and Director of Public Safety James M. Manni will be retiring from the service of the state after a distinguished 28-year career with the state police. Manni was appointed city manager late in the day by South Kingstown City Council, a post he is expected to assume on May 2. He will remain as head of the state police until April 29.
“Colonel Manni is a man of great integrity who has led this agency with the highest degree of professionalism and dedication,” Governor McKee said. “It is clear to all who know him that his commitment to the Rhode Island State Police is truly remarkable and that his leadership, especially over the past three years, has been exemplary. He raised his hand and stepped forward, serving during some of the most difficult times in our history, and the State of Rhode Island is very grateful.”
“I have proudly served, side by side, with the men and women of the State Police to enhance public safety and serve the people of Rhode Island with respect and dignity,” Col. Manni said. “Leading this agency has been the honor of my life. I leave with confidence that the agency is set up to succeed and pursue its mission to serve and protect.
Colonel Manni highlighted several accomplishments during his administration, including internal restructuring; the creation of two new units within the State Police (the Road Safety Unit and the Special Victims Unit); the initiation of construction plans for the agency’s first new barracks since 1931, the Consolidated South Barracks; the overhaul of the agency’s promotional process; and conducting the pilot program of body-worn camera systems, all of which leave the agency poised for future success.
Governor McKee added, “Colonel Manni has been an incredible partner in our administration’s efforts to build safer and stronger communities. We wish him well in his next endeavor as he works to support and strengthen his own hometown of South Kingstown.
The Governor is considering Colonel Manni’s successor and will make an announcement prior to Colonel Manni’s departure.