Raimondo announces appointments
to public safety leadership positions

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced two upcoming appointments and an immediate appointment for public safety leadership positions Thursday, naming appointees for superintendent of the R.I. State Police, director of R.I. Department of Corrections and director of the R.I. Emergency Management Agency.

Raimondo will appoint James Manni as superintendent of the State Police following the retirement of Col. Ann C. Assumpico next month. Manni is currently the Narragansett town manager, a position he has held since July 2016. Before that, he served in the R.I. State Police, retiring as a major. Manni’s appointment will require state Senate confirmation. Manni’s name will also be submitted to the Senate for the position of director of the R.I. Department of Public Safety.

“Manni has had a long and respected career serving the state in law enforcement and local public service. He will undoubtedly continue the rich tradition of service at the Rhode Island State Police,” said Raimondo in a statement. “Col. Ann Assumpico led the State Police with distinction and honor. I am grateful for her four decades of trailblazing service at nearly every level of law enforcement and public safety. She is handing her successor the most diverse and representative State Police we have ever had.”

Raimondo also stated her intention to name Patricia Coyne-Fague, acting director of the Department of Corrections, to the role of director. Coyne-Fague has served as acting director since the departure of Ashbel T. Wall in January. Raimondo’s office said Coyne-Fague has served nearly 20 years at the Department of Corrections. Prior to that, she worked as a prosecutor for the R.I. Department of the Attorney General. Her appointment will also require state Senate confirmation.

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Both of the appointments will be submitted in the opening days of the 2019 legislative session.

Patricia Coyne-Fague will be nominated for an appointment to the role of Director of the R.I. Department of Corrections. / COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
PATRICIA COYNE-FAGUE will be nominated for an appointment to the role of Director of the R.I. Department of Corrections. / COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

“Trish Coyne-Fague has spent her career helping to make Rhode Island’s Department of Corrections the nation’s leading corrections agency,” Raimondo said. “Under her direction, DOC has been heralded for its reform-oriented policies and practices. She’s played an integral role to implement our nation-leading response to the overdose crisis and she worked closely with our team to develop, pass and implement the transformative justice reinvestment package during my first term.”

Raimondo’s announcement also said that R.I. Emergency Management Agency Acting Director Marc Pappas has been named director of the agency. Pappas became acting director following the departure of Peter Gaynor earlier this year. Pappas has worked at RIEMA since 2009 following 25 years in law enforcement. His appointment is effective immediately and does not require Senate confirmation.

“For nearly a decade, Marc has been a central figure in Rhode Island’s emergency response, including the Great Floods of 2010, where he coordinated local, state and federal response,” Raimondo said. “As we enter snow season, I am particularly pleased that we will have someone with Marc’s experience and professionalism leading the charge of our emergency response.”