GLOCESTER – President Barack Obama has nominated former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainesworth to be Rhode Island's new U.S. marshal, the White House has announced.
Hainesworth currently serves as the law enforcement liaison and victim advocate for the Rhode Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving after some three decades in police work.
“It’s a great choice,” said State Sen. Paul Fogarty (D-Dist. 23, Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield). “He’s a man of incredible honesty and integrity, he’s a great law enforcement guy, and he’ll do the state and Glocester proud.”
U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, who recommended him for the post, said Hainsworth is a capable leader who's widely respected. He's a former president of the Rhode Island Association of Chiefs of Police and served on the executive board of the New England Association of Chiefs of Police.
His nomination must be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and confirmed by the Senate.
Hainesworth was one of two nominees for federal marshals’ positions named by the president Thursday, along with Louise W. Kelton for the Middle District of Tennessee.
“These dedicated law enforcement officials have devoted their careers to serving and protecting the American people, distinguishing themselves as the best and brightest at every turn,” President Obama said in a statement issued by the White House. “I am grateful for their service and honored to nominate them as United States Marshals.”
Hainesworth would succeed Interim U.S. Marshal David Remington, who has filled in since former U.S. Marshal Steven G. O’Donnell was appointed superintendent of the state police by Gov. Chafee last spring. O’Donnell had spent some 25 years in the ranks of the state police before he was appointed U.S. marshal in 2009.
Prior to that, another alumnus of Blackstone Valley politics had served as U.S. Marshal, former Lincoln Town Administrator Burton Stallwood.
The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible, in part, for protection of federal courts, and transporting inmates from federal prisons and temporary holding facilities such as the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls. The service also maintains an investigative squad that is responsible for tracking down federal fugitives.