Head of state police turns in resignation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Head of the State Police, Colonel Brendan Doherty, delivered his resignation Thursday.

Governor Lincoln Chafee's spokesman Mike Trainor says Chafee accepted the resignation with regret, and did not ask for Doherty to step down.

"Colonel Doherty indicated to the governor that he had achieved everything he wanted to achieve as superintendent as state police," says Trainor," and felt it was time to move on for both personal and professional reasons."

Trainor says Chafee has a replacement in mind to lead the state police. Doherty has held the position for four years. His resignation is effective April 1st.

Hinting at a future political career but declining to provide specifics, Doherty told reporters he's resigning because it's time to move on.

"I thought about it a couple of weeks ago," Doherty says. "I thought about it a couple of months ago. I was thinking maybe a month from now. Maybe next week. Why not now?"

Doherty, a 28 year veteran of the state police force, acknowledged having differences with Governor Chafee, who reappointed him upon taking office in January.

But he says he was not dressed down for blasting the city of Providence last week over its decision to withdraw from the Secure Communities program, which checks the immigration status of people arrested.

"I say this with all humility," Doherty says. "I won't allow someone to dress me down. It didn't happen."

If politics is in his future, he already has the wardrobe. He shunned his state police uniform for his final press conference, appearing in a navy blue suit with a white shirt and red tie.

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