Col. Darnell Weaver sworn in as 15th Rhode Island State Police superintendent
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Col. Darnell Weaver was sworn in as Rhode Island State Police’s 15th superintendent Friday morning.
The ceremony took place in the State House Rotunda filled with state officials and top cops.
The agency sent off Col. James Manni, who will head to South Kingstown to become town manager.
Manni turned over badge number one, the badge every state police superintendent has worn since in agency history.
Weaver, surrounded by his wife and children, told the crowd he’s honored and humbled by the appointment.
“This is my life right here, my foundation,” Weaver said while pointing to his family. “Everything I have done and believed in has been for them and has led me here today.”
In the historic appointment, Weaver became the 15th superintendent in state police’s 97-year history, as well as the first superintendent of color.
“Today is not about me, but instead, I would like today to be about the men and women of the state police, and the people in the state of Rhode Island,” he said.
Weaver promised Rhode Islanders that state police will continue to earn their respect every day.
Weaver is a 28-year veteran of Rhode Island State Police. Previously, he served as deputy superintendent, overseeing the patrol bureau, detective bureau, division specialty units, administrative bureau, and the Department of Public Safety.
Additionally, Weaver served in the United States Marine Corps.