EXECUTIVE BOARD

Chief Sid Wordell

Executive Director of the RIPCA

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.

swordell@ripolicechiefs.org

Chief Brian Sullivan

President 

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.

Colonel John S. MacDonald

Vice President

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.

Chief Richard Ramsay

Sergeant At Arms

Chief Richard Ramsay is the police chief of West Greenwich police department.

Chief Sean Corrigan

Secretary

Chief Sean Corrigan is a 21 year veteran of the Narragansett Police Department who was appointed on October 21, 1996. He has obtained many promotions throughout his career which includes; Detective in 1998, Patrol Sergeant in 2003, Patrol Lieutenant in 2005, Detective Lieutenant in 2010 and Captain of Administration in 2012. On May 2nd, 2016 he was appointed as the Narragansett Police Department’s 15th Chief of Police. Chief Corrigan also serves as the Deputy Emergency Management Director for the town of Narragansett.

Chief Corrigan has served in many specialized roles during his career which includes service as a Field Training Officer and then later as the Field Training Coordinator. He also served many years as a department armorer and firearms instructor. Chief Corrigan has received numerous letters of acknowledgement and commendations during his career with the police department. Chief Corrigan has been recognized by the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission for professional excellence for leading the Narragansett Police Department to their first state accreditation award.

 

Chief Corrigan is known for stressing analytical problem solving skills, professional standards and dynamic in-service training programs. Chief Corrigan often states that the hallmarks of his administration are Professional Standards, Training and Discipline. He graduated from the Administration of Justice program at Roger Williams University and holds a Master of Science degree. He often states that his number one role is that of family man. He has been married to his lovely wife, Marilyn, for 21 years. They have a daughter, Makayla, 19 years of age and a son, Liam, who is 13 years of age.

Chief Edward Mello

Treasurer

 

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

​Immediate PAST PRESIDENT 

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.

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