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Diversity sought in RI's search for police boss

Rhode Island's governor is being urged by some to do more to recruit women and minority candidates in her search for a new superintendent of the state police.

Lt. Charles Wilson, chairman of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, sent a letter to Gov. Gina Raimondo calling for a wider search. He says considering internal candidates only perpetuates the lack of diversity in police agencies.

The Democratic governor says she's looking for the best person regardless of race or gender.

Raimondo has reached out to at least one woman for the job, but the retired police official wasn't interested.

She's looking for a successor to Col. Steven O'Donnell, who retired Sept. 23.

Lt. Col. Kevin Barry was named acting superintendent and is being considered for the permanent job.

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