1st woman chosen to lead Rhode Island State Police

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island State Police will be led by a woman for the first time.

Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday appointed Ann Assumpico as superintendent of the agency effective immediately.

Assumpico becomes the 13th superintendent of the state police.

She succeeds Steven O’Donnell, who retired in September.

Assumpico was a captain and a member of O’Donnell’s command staff and had overseen the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy and the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy.

Raimondo calls Assumpico a “trooper’s trooper” and says she embodies the best of Rhode Island.

She has spent nearly 40 years in law enforcement and previously was a correctional officer and patrol officer in Coventry. She has been with the state police for 24 years.

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