Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri has appointed State Police Superintendent, Col. Steven Pare, as the interim State Fire Marshal. The interim appointment will be effective until the governor appoints a permanent marshal to replace Irving “Jesse” Owens, who retired earlier this month.
Thge governor also asked Col. Pare to designate a member of the State Police to directly oversee day-to-day operations at the State Fire Marshal’s Office during the interim appointment period. Col. Pare has designated Lt. John Blessing to fill that role. Lt. Blessing, a 20-year veteran, will be based at the Fire Marshal’s Office, but will report to Col. Pare.
The governor did not announce a timetable for the appointment of a permanent State Fire Marshal.
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