Gov. Chafee taps O'Donnell to lead State Police

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Marshall Steven O'Donnell will soon have a new title - Superintendent of the Rhode Island State police.

O'Donnell is Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to replace outgoing Colonel Brendan Doherty.

In a room full of law enforcement officials, friends, family, and the media, Marshall O'Donnell said becoming the 12th superintendent of Rhode Island's state police is like coming home.

"Ever since I was a young teenager my goal was to become a Rhode Island state trooper and that was what I worked hard to become," says O'Donnell. "The state police is embedded in me as it were my own DNA. "

Before he left the force to serve as U.S. Marshall, O'Donnell worked 22 years for the Rhode Island State police, rising through the ranks to Deputy Superintendent.

Chafee says O'Donnell was his first and only choice for the position.

The senate must confirm O'Donnell before he can officially take the post, but he's due to start leading the state police by the beginning of June.

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