Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces today that David M. DeCesare, of Johnston, has been appointed as the new Chief Sheriff for the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs.
Deputy Chief DeCesare is a 24-year veteran of the Johnston Police Department, and has served as second-in-command since June 2009. He is also the Emergency Management Director for the Town of Johnston and previously served as Interim Director of the Johnston Fire Department.
Deputy Chief DeCesare has received numerous commendations and letters of recognition throughout his career, including the Medal of Valor, which is the highest award bestowed on a Johnston Police Officer for bravery and the Rhode Island American Legion Medal of Valor. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2002. He is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.
Deputy Chief DeCesare is active coaching youth sports both in the Town of Johnston and at St. Rocco's School. He has been married to his wife, Jo-Ann, for 18 years, and they have two daughters—Sydney and Jayme.
As Chief Sheriff, Deputy Chief DeCesare will be responsible for the daily operation, policy implementation, and direction of the Sheriffs, involving the custody, safety, discipline, and well-being of prisoners and defendants while being transported to and from the courts and other facilities, and to effect a comprehensive program of judicial security in the courts and other buildings. The Division of State Sheriffs has approximately 175 employees.
Colonel O'Donnell stated, "I am proud to have selected such a distinguished member of the law enforcement community for this important position. We interviewed dozens of very qualified law enforcement professionals for this position and worked with the rank and file to fulfill my commitment to make the Sheriffs a priority. David will be a strong addition to our State Division of Public Safety."