SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — R.I. State Police Col. James Manni officially has a brand new gig.

The South Kingstown Town Council voted unanimously Monday evening to appoint Manni as town manager, effective May 2.

“I have proudly served, shoulder to shoulder, with the men and women of the State Police to enhance public safety and to serve the people of Rhode Island with respect and dignity,” Manni said. “Leading this agency has been the honor of my lifetime. I leave with the confidence that the agency is set up to succeed and continue in its mission of serving and protecting.”

Manni was nominated to lead the state police by then-Gov. Gina Raimondo in December 2018, succeeding Ann Assumpico.

He had previously spent 25 years with the State Police, retiring as major in 2015. Manni then worked for the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority and after that in Narragansett before returning to lead the agency.

Gov. Dan McKee said Manni will remain at the helm of the R.I. State Police until April 29, when he will formally resign and begin preparing for his new role.

“Colonel Manni is a man of great integrity who has led this agency with the highest degree of professionalism and dedication,” McKee said. “It is clear to anyone who knows him, that his commitment to the Rhode Island State Police is truly remarkable, and his leadership, particularly over these past three years, has been exemplary.”

“We wish him well in his next endeavor, as he works to support and strengthen his own hometown of South Kingstown,” the governor added.

Manni will make $170,000 annually throughout his three-year term as town manager.

“Jim’s reputation and experience in leadership and government is second to none,” South Kingstown Town Council President Rory McEntee said. “His wealth of experience, along with his firsthand knowledge as a resident, makes him the perfect fit as our new town manager.”

McKee said he’s considering Manni’s successor and will make an announcement prior to his departure.