PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has announced the appointment of J. David Smith as the new associate director of the Rhode Island E-911 Uniform Emergency Telephone System. Smith is currently the chairman of the Administration of Justice Department and graduate program director at Salve Regina University. He was executive director of the state Emergency Management Agency from 2008 to 2011 and previously served as police chief in Narragansett (2002-07) and Westerly (2000-02).
Raimondo said Smith had been recommended by State Police Col. James M. Manni. “Significant improvements have been made to our E-911 system in recent months, including the hiring of new personnel, the addition of Text-to-911 service and a commitment to added training for 911 operators. I’m pleased to have someone with David’s experience leading our efforts going forward,” Raimondo said. The E-911 system, based in North Scituate, provides continuous statewide emergency public safety communication services.