Providence – After 11 years at the helm, Colonel Edmund Culhane is retiring as Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. Governor Lincoln Almond announced today that the retirement would take effect on October 21. The governor also announced the promotion of Major Steven Pare to Colonel and Superintendent.
"When I was United States Attorney, I served on the search committee that brought Colonel Culhane to Rhode Island. I knew then that he would make a tremendous difference to our state. That has certainly been so," Governor Almond said at a statehouse news conference.
"For the past 11 years, Colonel Culhane has served our state with distinction, integrity and fortitude," said Almond.
Culhane, who is 63, said that his health is fine. He said he just knew it was time to move on. "I feel very fortunate for my years in Rhode Island, because very frankly when I arrived here, September of 1999, I had no idea what I was getting into. There have been some tough years. As a result of them I really feel fortunate and blessed that I have learned more than I have imparted," said Culhane.
Culhane also praised the troopers who have served under him, "Your state police is the finest group of men and women serving the public in a law enforcement capacity in this nation. You have no idea how good your troopers are, none whatsoever. And I am pleased and privileged and happy to have been a part of this great organization."
Culhane thanked Governor Almond and praised the governor for his leadership. He noted the governor has been a hands off leader and that he called the governor more than the governor called him. "I can probably count on one hand the number of times that he called me, and I believe that one of them was to tell me that the blue fish were schooling outside the Warren River," said Culhane.
Culhane's successor is a 21-year veteran of the State Police. Major Pare is currently Executive Officer and the second in command of the Rhode Island State Police. He previously headed the State Police Detective Bureau. He is also the son of a retired state trooper.
Pare listed continuing attention to highway safety and police technology among his goals. He also promised to continue seeking diversity among State Police recruits. "As society changes, we must also change to provide for the needs of our society. We must continue to recruit minorities and females into the Rhode Island State Police, so we are reflective of the community we serve," he said.