PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island State Police will officially have a new leader later this week.

Lt. Col. Darnell Weaver will be promoted to superintendent in a swearing-in ceremony on Friday, according to Gov. Dan McKee’s office.

He’ll be the agency’s 15th superintendent and the first person of color to hold the job.

Weaver currently serves as deputy superintendent and chief of field operations, overseeing several units including the patrol, detective and administrative bureaus and department of public safety.

A native of Cranston, Weaver has been with the state police for 28 years, McKee’s office said.

Prior to joining the state police, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The former superintendent, Col. James Manni, is expected to be on hand for the ceremony. He stepped down from the role last month to become the town manager in South Kingstown.

Friday’s event is scheduled for 9 a.m.