Web Extra: O’Donnell reflects on time as Superintendent of RI State Police


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island’s top cop announced on Thursday he will retire and step down.

Col. Steven O’Donnell said he will hang up his badge after a 33-year career in law enforcement – including 28 years with the Rhode Island State Police.

O’Donnell was first appointed the head of the state by Gov. Lincoln Chafee. When Gov. Gina Raimondo took office, she reappointed him.

O’Donnell’s last day on the job will be Friday, September 23.

Eyewitness News spoke one-on-one with Col. O’Donnell outside the State Police headquarters in Scituate on Thursday about what will come next for him – and the distinguished career he has built along the way.Watch the full interview in the video above. 

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