Block Island is losing its police chief as the summer tourist season kicks off, and the island’s traditional summer help from the Rhode Island State Police is up in the air.
Matthew C. Moynihan, New Shoreham’s police chief since 2021, has been named South Kingstown Police Chief, the South Kingstown City Manager announced in a press release on Tuesday.
Moynihan, who served in the Rhode Island State Police for 24 years before taking up his post on Block Island, will be sworn in to his new position on June 26, the South City Manager announced Tuesday afternoon. Kingstown, James M. Manni.
Moynihan leaves as Block Island is still trying to figure out if he will get state police help to patrol the island this summer. In the past, the city has received free seasonal help from the state police, but last month the city council denied the state’s request to pay $45,000 to help pay for two weekend soldiers. , reported the Block Island Times.
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Block Island has 1,500 year-round residents and can see some 20,000 visitors a day in the summer, according to Councilman Keith Stover.
“You can imagine the stress that puts on our budget,” Stover said.
New Shoreham officials are still in talks with Gov. Dan McKee and Rhode Island State Police Col. Darnell S. Weaver to enlist state police assistance this summer, according to Stover. .
“I’m pretty confident in the direction we’re going,” Stover said, declining to elaborate.
Stover also said Moynihan had done a good job of planning and was leaving the department in good shape. The department has four regular officers, and a recent budget increase will allow it to add officers and assign two officers to each shift for the first time, Stover said.
Moynihan has been “great here. I’m delighted for him,” Stover said.
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Manni called Moynihan “a forward-thinking and innovative law enforcement leader. I have known him for nearly 25 years and have a great deal of respect for his professionalism and leadership.”
Manni is also a former member of the Rhode Island State Police, having served as a colonel from 2019 until stepping down to serve as city manager, effective May 2.
Moynihan called his new position a “dream job”. He and his wife moved to South Kingstown 23 years ago and raised their family in the town, he said.
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