PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island State Police officially has a new leader.
Col. Darnell Weaver was promoted to superintendent Friday morning during a swearing-in ceremony at the State House with his wife and kids by his side.
“This is my life right here, my foundation,” Weaver said. “Everything I have done and believed in has been for them and has led me here to you.”
The 28-year veteran of the force is the agency’s 15th superintendent and the first person of color to hold the job.
Weaver thanked his predecessor, James Manni, who was his field training officer when he became a trooper and one of his biggest supporters. Manni stepped down from the role last month to become the town manager in South Kingstown.
“He helped break me in, and his optimism made an impression on me. It’s been an honor to serve on your command staff for the last years,” Weaver said.
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Weaver was previously serving as deputy superintendent and chief of field operations, overseeing several units including the patrol, detective and administrative bureaus and department of public safety.
Before joining the state police the Cranston native joined the state police, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He said he decided to into law enforcement because he wanted to make an impact on the lives of others.
“I promise the residents of this state that this agency will continue to earn your respect every day,” he said. “Committing ourselves to enforce the laws with fairness transparency equity and professionalism.”
Weaver said that he didn’t want the day to be about him, but rather the men and women of the state police, and the residents of Rhode Island.