Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee swore in Steven G. O’Donnell as the twelfth Superintendent in Rhode Island State Police history in a private meeting Monday morning in the Governor’s office. The public swearing-in ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, May 14, on the South Portico of the State House, and is open to the general public.
Colonel O’Donnell assumed the role of Superintendent immediately upon his swearing-in by the Governor, relieving Lieutenant Colonel Raymond S. White, who had been serving as Interim Superintendent.
Colonel O’Donnell has over 25 years of law enforcement experience and most recently served as U.S. Marshal for the District of Rhode Island. Prior to his U.S. Marshal appointment by President Obama, he served 22 years with the Rhode Island State Police, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and Deputy Superintendent.