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EAST GREENWICH â€” South Kingstown resident Stephen J. Brown was sworn in Monday as the chief of the East Greenwich Police Department.
Brown is taking over for Thomas E. Coyle III â€“ who was named East Greenwich town manager a few months ago â€“ and has spent close to two decades with the East Greenwich Police Department, first joining as a probationary patrolman, after graduating as valedictorian with the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy in 1995.
Prior to that he graduated from South Kingstown High School in 1981 and received a bachelorâ€™s degree in mathematics from the University of Rhode Island in 1986.
Ten years after he joined the force, Brown was transferred to the detective division to handle investigations for the police department. One year later, in 2006, Brown earned the first of many promotions within the department, becoming patrol sergeant to help assign and supervise patrol personnel.
In 2008, Brown moved up the ranks to become lieutenant and then to captain in 2011 before earning the rank of deputy chief â€“ his latest title before taking the oath as chief Monday evening.
Since April 1999 Brown has been a member of the East Greenwich Special Response Team, where his assignments were SWAT member, squad leader, training coordinator and team leader. From 2006 to 2011, Brown was a firearms training coordinator for the department.
He lives in South Kingstown with his wife and their two children.