PROVIDENCE, RI-– Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced that, at the recommendation of Rhode Island State Police Colonel James M. Manni, she has appointed J. David Smith to serve as the new Associate Director of the Rhode Island E-911 Uniform Emergency Telephone System.
Smith has an extensive background in public safety. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. He previously served as Chief of Police in both Westerly and Narragansett. He is currently the Chairman of the Administration of Justice Program and the Graduate Program Director at Salve Regina University.
"Significant improvements have been made to our E-911 system in recent months, including the hiring of new personnel, the addition of Text-to-911 service and a commitment to added training for 911 operators. I'm pleased to have someone with David's experience leading our efforts going forward," said Governor Raimondo.
"Chief Smith is a dedicated public servant with more than 30 years of distinguished service to our state. His public safety experience, education, leadership skills and continued commitment to the people of Rhode Island make him the ideal candidate for this position," said Colonel Manni.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to return to public service as the Associate Director of the E-911 system. This is an essential, lifesaving service, and I look forward to ensuring that all Rhode Islanders have the utmost confidence in our system," said Smith.
Smith holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in humanities from Salve Regina University. He is a 1999 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a past president of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association.
In the coming months, Chief Smith will implement the new emergency medical dispatch training program for all 911 telecommunicators. His anticipated start date is September 3.
The Rhode Island E-911 Uniform Emergency Telephone System provides 24-hour, statewide emergency public safety communication services from one answering point located in North Scituate.