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Westerly resident named public safety director

The University of Rhode Island has appointed Stephen N. Baker, a former chief of police in Westerly and URIís first police major, to the position of director of public safety.

In his new role, the Westerly resident, who was interim public safety director for a year, will oversee police and security operations, parking services, fire and life safety, environmental health and safety, and emergency management, communications and technology. His permanent appointment took effect Sunday, July 14.

Baker moves from managing a 23-member police force to managing 54 public safety employees on the Kingston Campus (including police), and 16 security officers at the Feinstein Providence and Narragansett Bay campuses. He is also responsible for...


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