Superintendent, Rhode Island State Police - Colonel James M. Manni
Colonel James M. Manni was appointed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo on December 27, 2018 to serve as the 14th Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and as the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety.
Colonel Manni’s long and respected career in public service includes 25 years as a member of the Rhode Island State Police, retiring in 2015 as Major, the fifth highest-ranking member of the command staff, responsible for Inspectional Services. He was then appointed as Director of Operations, Safety and Security for the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority before being selected as Town Manager for the Town of Narragansett in 2016. Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police as a Trooper in 1990, he served as a Special Agent with both the United States Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service.
Throughout his career with the Rhode Island State Police, Colonel Manni held a variety of administrative and investigative roles. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1999; Sergeant in 2003; Lieutenant in 2008; and both Captain and Major in 2013. During his distinguished tenure, he earned numerous commendations, including, in 1991, the Rhode Island State Police Department Service Ribbon – the highest award that can be bestowed upon a trooper – for demonstrating exceptional courage while under fire by three armed assailants.
During his 25 years of service Colonel Manni was assigned to the Chepachet, Hope Valley, Lincoln Woods, Portsmouth and Wickford Barracks, as well as the Block Island Detail and the Governor’s Security Detail. A firearms expert, he served as the Division Range Officer and as Commander of both the State Police SWAT Team and the Rhode Island Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Team. In addition, he held the role of Training Officer and Acting Commandant of the State Police Training Academy.
As a ranking officer, Colonel Manni served as Patrol Commander, Operations Officer, District “A” Commander and, most recently, as Major, overseeing the Inspectional Services Unit. In that role, he led the Rhode Island State Police toward attaining national re-accreditation and garnering the “Accreditation with Excellence – Gold Standard Assessment” award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He served in that capacity, as well as serving as the Community Outreach Liaison, until his mandatory retirement in 2015 after 25 years of service.
Colonel Manni also has served on a number of task forces and commissions over the years, including the Rhode Island Emergency Management Advisory Council; the Commission to Arm Campus Police Officers; the Statewide School Safety Task Force; the Marijuana Task Force; and the Behavioral Gun Safety Legislative Task force. In 2018, he was appointed as co-chair of the Governor’s Gun Safety Working Group, which was formed following the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, to recommend legislative strategies to counteract the epidemic of gun violence in Rhode Island.
Colonel Manni holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Business Administration from Bryant University (formerly Bryant College).