Woman officer promoted to No. 3 job in state police

The highest-ranking female officer in the Rhode Island State Police has been prompted again - this time to the third-highest job in the agency.

The Providence Journal reports that Maj. Karen Pinch has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in charge of the Department of Public Safety. It's the highest rank a woman has held in the history of the Rhode Island State Police.

Pinch is a 21-year State Police veteran who was the agency's chief administrative officer.

State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell says Pinch "excelled" as a trooper, an administrator and as an instructor at the State Police Training Academy.

Pinch replaces former Lt. Col. Wilfred Hill, who accepted a demotion to lieutenant before resigning this month after an inappropriate relationship with a former state police candidate became public.