SCITUATE, RI – Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, today announced:
The retirement of Rhode Island State Fire Marshal John Chartier, who is retiring as of June 30, 2017, after nine years as director of the Division of State Fire Marshal. Marshal Chartier previously served as Chief of the Warwick Fire Department, where he worked for 30 years, before becoming State Fire Marshal.
The appointment of James B. Gumbley, currently Chief Deputy in the Division of State Fire Marshal, as the acting State Fire Marshal. Chief Gumbley has served as Chief Deputy for the past five years. He previously served as planner for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and Chief of the Cranston Fire Department, where he had served for 30 years.
Colonel Assumpico said Chief Gumbley will serve as Acting State Fire Marshal while a search is conducted to fill the position permanently.
"On behalf of every Rhode Islander, I thank Marshal Chartier for serving our state over the span of almost a decade," Governor Gina Raimondo said. "We wish him the best of luck in retirement. I look forward to working with Acting Marshal Gumbley while we search for a permanent replacement."
"We'd like to thank Marshal Chartier for his service to the state and we're confident that Acting Marshal Gumbley will provide a seamless transition in managing the division while the search for a permanent replacement is underway," Colonel Assumpico said.