CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) _ A former Rhode Island state police superintendent has been picked to lead the board at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility.
Mayor James Diossa, a Democrat, picked Republican Brendan Doherty for the post Monday.
Doherty replaces Steven Hartford, who resigned last week, citing his responsibilities as the town manager of Westerly.
Doherty tells the Providence Journal he plans to reach out to federal officials in an attempt to get prisoners from Immigration and Customs Enforcement returned to the facility.
The agency removed 151 immigrant detainees from the jail in 2008 after a Chinese national from New York died while in custody there.
The average prisoner population at Wyatt for the first four months of 2013 was 616. That's up from 582 in 2009, but will below the 770-inmate capacity.