- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The head of the Pawtucket Police Department is retiring.

Police Chief Paul King will step down after more than three decades working for the city’s police force. He joined the department in 1982 and has been chief since 2010.

Mayor Donald Grebien announced the change and commended King for helping to reduce crime.

Grebien says Major Tina Goncalves is being promoted to acting chief. She has worked for the city since 1998 and has a background as an attorney.

Goncalves is the first woman to hold the rank of major in Pawtucket. If selected for the permanent position, she’d be the city’s first female chief and only the second woman to lead a Rhode Island police agency.

Pawtucket requires its police chiefs to be selected from within the department.

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