WARWICK, RI — Newly inaugurated Mayor Frank Picozzi has announced the appointment of retired WPD Deputy Chief Brad Connor as chief of the Warwick Police Department, replacing retiring Warwick Police Chief Colonel Rick J. Rathbun.
The announcement came Monday morning, a day before Picozzi was sworn in.
Connor, who formerly served as WPD deputy chief, is the current Director of Security at Women & Infants Hospital. According to Care New England, Connor started as director of security on Dec. 9, 2019, and is still active in that role.
According to Mayor Picozzi’s office, Connor retired from his Deputy Chief’s role after 22 years of service. He will begin serving in his new position in mid-January.
According to Warwick’s municipal code, Sec. 60-342. – Rejoining plan upon reemployment, “If an eligible employee who was a member terminates employment and subsequently becomes an eligible employee again, he or she shall become a member again on his or her date of rehire, with creditable service determined in accordance with section 60-362.”
That part of the code requires a re-hired retiree to pay back any collected funds into the system before becoming eligible to participate in the retirement fund again.
Connor started with the WPD in 1996, according to his LinkedIn profile. He served as Deputy Chief in 2019 when former Mayor Joseph J. Solomon appointed Rathbun Chief of Police. His profile lists that position as one he’d since retired from, taking a position as Director of Security at Women & Infants Hospital.
Connor also served as Administrative Bureau Commander, and was a prominent face of WPD leadership during high profile incidents including the peaceful resolution of an evening report of shots fired on Gordon Avenue April 22, 2017 and the WPD investigation of a father for felony neglect of his child Feb. 22, 2017.
“Brad Connor is a perfect fit for the goals of my administration,” Picozzi said Tuesday. “He has an enormous amount of respect from the community and from members of the police department.”
Current Deputy Chief Mark Ullucci will serve as interim chief until Connor takes over later this month.
Col. Rick Rathbun Retires After 25 Years
Rathburn’s retirement took effect Monday, Jan. 4.
According to the Warwick Police Department’s Facebook page post recognizing Rathbuns’s service, the former chief has served in the department for 25 years.
“Chief Rathbun served the department with honor and distinction and I thank him for his service to the community and wish him well in his retirements and future endeavors, “ said Picozzi.