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Ex-State Police Head Steps Down From Wyatt Board

Ex-State Police Head Steps Down From Wyatt Board

NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — The former head of the state police is resigning as chairman of the board of a troubled federal detention facility in Central Falls.

The Providence Journal reports Brendan Doherty is stepping down at the Wyatt Detention Facility, a year after his appointment.

Mayor James Diossa says Doherty brought integrity and transparency to the organization. The report does not say why he is leaving.

Wyatt is publicly owned but operated by the quasi-public private Central Falls Detention Facility Corp.

It housed detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement until 2008, when the agency removed all its detainees because a Chinese man died of cancer after being neglected and abused by guards.

Diossa is nominating attorney R. Kelly Sheridan to replace Doherty.

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