CHIEF OF COVENTRY - Colonel MacDonald
Colonel MacDonald is a 23 year veteran of the Coventry Police department who was appointed to the department in August of 1994. He was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February of 2003 where he served in the patrol division. During this time in his career, Colonel MacDonald served as a Field Training Officer and as a member of the departments regional SWAT Team. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February of 2008 and served as the departments Field Training Program Coordinator. Colonel MacDonald was promoted to the rank of Captain in February of 2012 and served as the Patrol Captain. Colonel MacDonald was later awarded a lateral promotion to the rank of Detective Captain in February of 2013 where he remained until his selection as Coventry’s 14th Chief of Police. Colonel MacDonald has received numerous letters of recommendation and commendations during his tenure at the Department. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Colonel MacDonald also serves as the Emergency Management Director for the town of Coventry. He has served in many capacities within Coventry’s Emergency Management Team participating in many emergency responses including Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Winter Storm NEMO in 2013. He expanded his emergency management experience in the Rhode Island Army National Guard during the historic floods of May 2010 where he planned and executed missions in support of the state of Rhode Island Emergency Management efforts.
Colonel MacDonald has served for over twenty six years in the Rhode Island Army National Guard where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. Lieutenant Colonel MacDonald has been an Army Helicopter pilot since 1995 and he has participated in 3 overseas tours in support of the Global War on Terror. One of his most notable achievements came in 2005 when he commanded Alpha Company, 1-126th Aviation during combat operations in Iraq. Most recently in 2011, he deployed again to Kuwait as the S-3 Operations Officer for the RI Army Aviation Battalion where he was responsible for daily operational missions involving over 40 aircraft and 350 personnel. He has had many complex, multi-cultural experiences during his military career including humanitarian and civil support operations in Central America and multinational, joint operations in the Middle East. Lieutenant Colonel MacDonald served as the Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment located at Quonset Point, Rhode Island for over three years leaving command in December of 2016. Lieutenant Colonel MacDonald is currently enrolled in the Distance Education Program at the US Army War College which is a two-year program of instruction awarding a Masters of Strategic Studies degree. His highest military decoration is the Bronze Star.
His most important team is his wife, Melissa and their son, Brayden along with their large extended families. Without their support, none of the above is possible or as meaningful.