Executive Board

Chief Sid Wordell

Executive Director of the RIPCA 

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Chief Sidney M Wordell (Ret.); Little Compton, RI Police Department.  Served 27 years, the last 10 as Chief of Police. Retiring June 30, 2014.  During my time as Chief I served on the executive board of the RI Police Chiefs’ Association for 7 years as the Secretary.  I also served for 6 years on the executive board of the New England Chiefs’ of Police, retiring 3 months prior to taking over as President.  During my service as a Detective with the Little Compton Police I was a certified voice stress analyst, (lie detection) and assisted with investigations throughout Rhode Island and South Eastern Massachusetts. Current position as Executive Director, RI Police Chiefs’ Association, since February 2016.  1st Executive Director for the organization.


Chief Brian Sullivan


Chief Brian Sullivan was sworn in as Chief on April 2008- present. Hired in May of 1982 as a Dispatcher, Chief Brian Sullivan served as a D.A.R.E Officer and then as Detective/Juvenile Officer until his promotion to Sergeant in 1998, Lieutenant in 2000 and Deputy Chief in 2002. After rising through the ranks, in April of 2008 Chief Brian Sullivan finally concluded his journey and was sworn in as Chief of Police.


Chief Richard Ramsay

Vice President

Chief Richard Ramsay began his career on the West Warwick Police department in 1989, graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy in 1990. He steadily rose through the ranks reaching the rank of Major in 2010, retiring 2nd in command of the West Warwick Police Department in 2012 with 23 years of service. Upon his retirement he was appointed to the position of Police Chief for the Town of West Greenwich and currently serves in that position.

Chief Ramsay serves as the 2019 Sergeant At Arms for the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association and is currently the 3rd Vice President of the New England Chapter of the FBI National Academy. He was a founding member of the Rhode Island Peer Support Response and Training team in 2004. He received several accommodations and awards during his 29 years of police service including the 1997 West Warwick Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 West Warwick Officer of the Year Award and 2013 West Warwick Loins Club Police Officer of the Year Award.

Chief Ramsay Graduated from Rhode Island College in 1985 with a Business Management Degree. After being hired as a police officer he returned to college and received a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University in 1997 and a Masters degree in Criminal Justice form Roger Williams University in 2004. In 2007 he graduated from the FBI National Academy 229th session and currently is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice departments at two local colleges.


Colonel Mark Knott

Sergeant At Arms

Colonel Mark A. Knott was sworn in as the West Warwick Police Department’s twenty-first Chief of Police on January 8, 2019. He is a twenty-six-year member of the force and was hired on December 14, 1994.

Colonel Knott served as a Patrol Officer on all three shifts before being promoted to Detective Sergeant and assigned to the Special Investigation Unit in December 2003. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served within the Patrol Division in 2005 before being promoted to the rank of Captain in 2006 and serving in both the Patrol and Detective Divisions. In 2012, Colonel Knott was promoted to the rank of Major and served as the Patrol/Operations Commander before becoming the Deputy Chief and serving as the Detective/Prosecution Commander. In August 2018, Colonel Knott was named the Interim Chief until his permanent appointment in 2019.

Colonel Knott was a long-time crisis negotiator on the West Warwick/Coventry Police Regional SWAT Team and served as the Crisis Negotiation Team Leader for many years. He was also the Vice President of the New England Crisis Negotiators Association until his recent appointment. Colonel Knott was also a founding member of the RI Law Enforcement State Peer Support Team shortly after The Station Night Club Fire and is still actively engaged in educating and supporting the men and women of our law enforcement communities.

Colonel Knott holds a Masters Degree in Justice Studies from Roger Williams University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Insurance from the University of Rhode Island, and an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement from the Community College of Rhode Island. He has attended numerous executive development courses and is slated to attend the 286th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Colonel Knott is looking forward to serving on the executive board of the RI Police Chiefs Association in the years to come and strengthening the support and leadership necessary for our sworn and civilian employees to do their jobs safely and efficiently.


Colonel Michael Winquist


Colonel Michael J. Winquist was sworn as the Cranston Police Department's twenty-first Chief of Police on October 1, 2014. He is responsible for all operational and administrative functions of the Cranston Police Department.

Prior to being named Chief of the Cranston Police Department, Colonel Winquist served as a member of the Rhode Island State Police for over twenty-four years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel/Deputy Superintendent, where he received numerous commendations and letters of recognition for exemplary police work. During his tenure with the State Police, Colonel Winquist served in nearly every Division to include the Uniform Division, Area Detectives, Narcotics Unit, Providence Police Gang Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Task Force, Fusion Center and Intelligence Unit and Motorcycle Team.

Colonel Winquist has led many investigations targeting both traditional and non-traditional organized crime groups. These investigations resulted in the arrests of numerous individuals, as well as the forfeiture of assets derived from criminal activity. In 2006, Colonel Winquist was charged with developing the State's Fusion Center, which continues to play a vital role in protecting the State from domestic and international threats by sharing intelligence amongst Federal, State and local partners.

Colonel Winquist holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from Anna Maria University. Colonel Winquist is also a graduate of the 2012/251st session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, V.A.

Colonel Winquist is member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, New England Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association where he serves on several committees. In 2018, Colonel Winquist was appointed to the Rhode Island Police Officers Commission on Standards and Training, which establishes rules, regulations and standards for certification and training for municipal and state criminal justice personnel, maintains records of law enforcement training, and serves as a resource to municipalities and the state to improve the quality of law enforcement pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws. Most recently he was appointed to serve on the E-911 Uniform Emergency Telephone System Advisory Commission.


Chief Edward Mello


Chief Mello, a native of Westerly RI, began his career with the Westerly Police Department in 1988 after graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy. He served primarily in the patrol division as a patrol officer and sergeant before being promoted to the rank of captain in 2002 where he served as second in command of the Department. In 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Chief leading the 85 member department until his retirement in 2011. He then took the post as police chief for the Town of Jamestown and currently serves in that position.

Chief Mello served as the president of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association in 2011 and currently serves as its treasurer. He serves Chairman of the Rhode Island Commission for Police Officers Standards and Training. He is a founding executive board member of the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission and serves as its treasurer. He is a member of the FBI Criminal Justice Information System Advisory Policy Board, representing the State of Rhode Island.

Chief Mello is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Boston University with Masters of Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 223 rd Session.


Colonel James Mendonca


Colonel James J. Mendonca began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a correctional officer with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, after separating from active duty with the United States Marine Corps. In 1990, he was appointed as a patrolman with the Central Falls Police Department, steadily rising through the ranks, earning numerous awards and gaining invaluable community policing experience along the way. In recognition of his leadership abilities, on January 10, 2013, Mayor James A. Diossa appointed Colonel Mendonca the sixteenth chief of police for the Central Falls Police Department. Shortly thereafter, the colonel became a recipient of the Hassenfeld Family Foundation Rhode Island Public Service Fellowship at the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Colonel Mendonca holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Excelsior College.

He is a graduate of the 256th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and of the 59th session of the Police Executive Research Forum – Senior Management Institute for Police. Colonel Mendonca assumed command of his agency at the onset of the City of Central Falls’ unprecedented municipal bankruptcy, and due to his leadership, the Central Falls Police Department is now recognized for professional excellence by the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission (RIPAC) and by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  He and his wife Jessica are the proud parents of four sons: Colby, Jason, Nicholas and Brody.