SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South Kingstown resident Maj. Karen Pinch recently became the highest-ranking woman in Rhode Island State Police history.
“I’m thrilled that the Col. [Steven G. O’Donnell] had faith in me to put me in this position,” she said Thursday. “I think it’s a great honor to have been chosen for that. I think it’s kind of exiting for people to be saying that I’m making history.”
Maj. Pinch was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel Monday and will replace Lt. Col. Wilfred K. Hill, another South Kingstown resident, who resigned earlier this month amid allegations of domestic violence and inappropriate behavior.
Pinch, a 21-year veteran of the state police, has held a host of positions including assignments at each of the five barracks and at the training academy. She has also served as the officer in charge of the technology and communications unit, planning and research and the agencies that fall under the department of public safety.