Director Patricia Coyne-Fague steps down from Department of Corrections

This is photo of the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee said Tuesday that Patricia Coyne-Fague, director of the Department of Corrections, has stepped down.

McKee said that Coyne-Fague’s last day will be Jan. 13.

“I’d like to thank Director Coyne-Fague for her efforts during my Administration and her decades of state service,” the governor said in an email Tuesday.

It wasn’t immediately known why she resigned from her position.

Coyne-Fague has been part of the Department of Corrections for 24 years, serving as director for the last five years.

“I leave with a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunities I’ve had as part of team RIDOC, and I am confident the Department will be in very good hands going forward,” she said.

McKee said he plans to name an interim director by Jan. 13.

Coyne-Fague’s departure will leave yet another state agency without a permanent director.

According to a governor spokesman, nine other agencies have directors serving in an acting capacity, including the Department of Health, Department of Children, Youth and Families, and Department of Human Services.

The governor is expected to send names for permanent replacement to the state Senate for advice and consent in the upcoming session.

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