12/01/2000

Rhode Island chief to retire after 33 years, six-and-a-half as chief
[NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI]

PoliceOne Staff Report
[NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.] -- Police Chief James Wynne announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of the year after 33 years on the force and six-and-a-half of them as chief.

Wynne told the Providence Journal that he had no plans at this time but expected to take his time and find something that will keep him busy.

"I really don't have anything. Some people look for other employment before they retire, but this makes you free to look at anything you want," Wynne told the newspaper.

Starting as a reserve officer in 1967, Wynne moved up the ladder to become chief after serving as a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and then captain of the city's Internal Affairs Division.

The city will advertise nationally to fill the chief vacancy, according to Town Manager Richard I. Kerbel. Kerbel said a panel will review resumes and interview candidates who will not be subject to either written or oral examinations to candidates for the job, the newspaper said.

"A police chief is a management employee," Kerbel said. "I am more concerned with the person fitting in with management."

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