NBC 10 I-Team: New RI fire marshal appointed

The NBC 10 I-Team has learned Johnston Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin (left) has been appointed Rhode Island's new fire marshal, following the retirement of Jack Chartier (right). (WJAR)

The NBC 10 I-Team has confirmed the appointment of Timothy McLaughlin as Rhode Island's new fire marshal.

McLaughlin confirmed the information when asked Tuesday afternoon. The Johnston fire chief said he has given his notice to Mayor Joseph Polisena and that he is looking forward to now going through the process of being vetted by the state Senate in a procedure known as "advice and consent."

McLaughlin brings more than 35 years of firefighting experience with him to the state office. He’s been chief in Johnston for the past seven years and prior to that had 29 years on the job in Pawtucket. McLaughlin left Pawtucket as that city’s chief.

The state’s fire marshal position has been vacant since the retirement of Jack Chartier in June. James Gumbley has served as acting fire marshal.

The Division of State Fire Marshal falls under the Department of Public Safety and the supervision of Col. Ann Assumpico, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

Also newsworthy is the move by Gov. Gina Raimondo to place the fire marshal's office under the control of the Department of Business Regulation, according to Commerce Corporation spokesman Matt Sheaff.

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