SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI — Block Island Police Chief Matthew C. Moynihan is returning to a new job on the mainland, filling the vacant position of chief in South Kingstown.
South Kingstown City Manager James Manni announced the appointment late Tuesday afternoon.
Moynihan is a 24-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and a long-time resident of South Kingstown. He is expected to be sworn in on June 26.
“South Kingstown is a wonderful community, and I’m honored to have been chosen to lead the South Kingstown Police Department,” Moynihan said. “My wife and I moved here 23 years ago and raised our family here. We love the city and having the opportunity to join this department as a chef is truly a dream job. I am delighted to work with the exceptional team here to provide best in class public safety services to our community. »
He takes command of the South Kingstown department from Joel Ewing-Chow, who retired after 26 years as a police officer, the last two as town chief.
Prior to joining the New Shoreham Police Department in 2021, Moynihan served with the Rhode Island State Police for 24 years in a variety of roles including serving in the detective office as an assistant detective commander, as the Officer in Charge of the Major Crimes Unit, on the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force, within the Intelligence Unit, the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI and the FBI Organized Crime Task Force.
“Matthew Moynihan is a forward-thinking and innovative law enforcement leader,” Manni said. “I have known him for almost 25 years and I have great respect for his professionalism and his leadership. His experience in public safety has the depth and breadth we need to meet all the challenges and opportunities that come with modern policing and to keep our community safe. I am extremely happy to have him on board as the new chef.
Moynihan also helped develop and lead key state police initiatives, including the HOPE Initiative, the only statewide law enforcement-led outreach program for drug addiction. opioids which was created in 2018 to respond to Rhode Island’s significant overdose epidemic. The HOPE initiative is featured in the April issue of Police Chief Magazine.
Moynihan holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in criminal justice in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity from Boston University Metropolitan College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
He had been Chief of Block Island for over a year. The position is also a dual role: he was the director of public works for the city. City manager Maryanne Crawford, former director of finance for the South Kingstown school department, was instrumental in hiring him.
While on Block Island, Moynihan saw the island through Hurricane Henri, and his police department last July confiscated 21 mopeds after drivers allegedly drove them dangerously.
Recently, island leaders voted against paying to have two state troopers patrol during the summer months.