By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2020

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island police chief has announced he will step down after 25 years on the force.

Coventry police Col. John MacDonald gave notice in a letter to interim Town Manager Edward Warzycha that he will step down on Feb. 28. MacDonald joined the Coventry police in 1994 and became chief in 2015.

MacDonald said he has been selected as state army aviation officer of the Rhode Island National Guard, in which he is currently a lieutenant colonel. He called the full-time position as a senior officer in the national guard “a rare, unexpected opportunity.”

MacDonald became an Army helicopter pilot in 1995 and commanded a Blackhawk helicopter company during combat in Iraq in 2005.

Warzycha said the search for the next police chief is underway.

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