Chief's Message

Chief Sheriff David M. DeCesare

David M. DeCesare was sworn-in as Chief Sheriff of the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs on March 8, 2013. He is responsible for the daily operation, policy implementation and direction of the Sheriffs, to include the custody, safety, discipline, and well-being of prisoners and defendants in state courts and other buildings.

Chief DeCesare served in many capacities over his career, to include the Emergency Management Director for the Town of Johnston and Interim Director of the Johnston Fire Department while it was transitioning to a new leadership. Prior to his current appointment, he served 24 years on the Johnston Rhode Island Police Department, retiring with the rank of Deputy Chief.

Chief DeCesare holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and is a graduate of the 241st session of the FBI National Academy. He is a recipient of the Johnston Police Department’s Medal of Valor and the Rhode Island American Legion’s Medal of Valor.