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DEM Names Dean Hoxsie New Chief of Law Enforcement

Current Narragansett Police Chief Assumes Mantle Next Month

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced today Dean Hoxsie, the current Chief of the Narragansett Police Department, has been hired to lead its Division of Law Enforcement, effective next month. Chief Hoxsie has more than 30 years of police experience.

"Our Division of Law Enforcement works around the clock, ensuring public safety and enforcing environmental laws," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "I am extremely proud of our team and the reputation we've built in the community and know Chief Hoxsie will be a strong and effective leader of the Division. With his combination of police experience and love for the outdoors, he brings an important perspective and voice to our senior leadership team. During the transition, the Division will continue to be led by Acting Chief Kurt Blanchard and Deputy Chief Frank Floor - who've been invaluable in managing the Division over the last many months."

Chief Hoxsie has led Narragansett's police department for the past five years; he also served as the Acting Town Manager from 2012 - 2013. In these senior leadership roles, he oversaw local government and police administration. Previously, he served in progressively responsible roles within the police department, rising in rank from patrolman to chief. Chief Hoxsie has a proven track record in operational management, investigation, and policy development and enforcement.

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead one of the State's premier law enforcement agencies," said Chief Dean Hoxsie. "This position encompasses all of my passions for the outdoors. I look forward to serving the men and women of the Environmental Police and the residents of Rhode Island."

A Narragansett native and respected member of the community, Chief Hoxsie earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island's State Crime Laboratory program. He is also an active member of the local and regional law enforcement community and an avid hunter and fisherman, having served as Acting Harbormaster in Narragansett during his long career in public service.

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  • Release date: 12-04-2015

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