North Providence police chief retiring at end of 2019


NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The North Providence Police Department will soon have a new chief.

Col. David Tikoian announced Monday that he submitted to Mayor Charles Lombardi his notice of retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

“Holding the rank of colonel and serving as police chief over the past several years has been an incredibly rewarding experience affording me the opportunity to complete a 25-plus year law enforcement career on a state and municipal level,” Tikoian said in a statement.

Tikoian came out of retirement in Aug. 2017 to take the helm of the North Providence Police Department.

“This is bittersweet. I’ll miss the industry, I’ll miss the folks I work with, but by the same token, I know we’ve created leaders here, we’ve groomed people to be leaders,” Tikoian said.

According to Tikoian, the mayor intends to promote Deputy Chief Arthur Martins to chief upon his retirement.

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