PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Dan McKee hinted Monday that R.I. State Police Col. James Manni could be stepping down from his post before long.

A spokesperson for McKee said the governor was asked at an unrelated event whether Manni would be retiring, and McKee acknowledged that an announcement would be coming at some point, though he did not offer any specific timeline. She declined further comment.

Manni declined to comment when he was reached by phone.

Sources tell Target 12 Manni is up for the town manager job in South Kingstown. The appointment must be approved by the town council, which has not voted on the job yet. Manni was Narragansett’s town manager prior to being named the superintendent of the state police.

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. He then worked for the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority and after that in Narragansett before returning to lead the agency.

Ted Nesi ( is a Target 12 investigative reporter and 12 News politics/business editor. He co-hosts Newsmakers and writes Nesi’s Notes on Saturdays. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook