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A Providence deputy police chief has been chosen as the new police chief in Woonsocket.

Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt on Tuesday introduced Thomas Oates as the department's new head. Oates was selected out of five finalists for the job. The 36-year Providence Police Department veteran is expected to take the position by early August.

Oates says he's looking forward to getting to know the city's residents and its police officers. He will oversee 90 officers and 16 civilian workers in the department.

The chief position had been vacant since Chief Thomas Carey retired in February.

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