Ann Assumpico, a Rhode Island state police captain, will become the first woman to run the state law enforcement agency, reports the Providence Journal. Assumpico, 59, was chosen by Gov. Gina Raimondo to succeed Steven O’Donnell, who retired in September. Assumpico’s ascension moves her past a number of state police leaders who hold higher ranking positions. Assumpico, a 24-year police veteran, is director of training for the state police, which puts her at No. 7 in the chain of command.
Over the summer, both Raimondo and O’Donnell were disappointed when seven of eight minority recruits failed to graduate from the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy. Raimondo reaffirmed her commitment to diversify the ranks of sworn state troopers. Assumpico is a former corrections officer in the state’s prisons. She also served seven years as a police officer in Coventry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University and a master’s degree in justice administration from Salve Regina University.