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Colonel Pare signs off

UPDATE: I stand corrected on Col. Pare's last day with the RISP. Pare, who also appeared Sunday on WLNE's morning show, told Jim Hummel, "I'm leaving because I decided it's time to leave."

It's my understanding that today marks Wednesday marks the last day on the job for Colonel Steven Pare of the Rhode Island State Police. Pare will be the guest on 10 News Conference this Sunday morning with Jim Taricani and Bill Rappleye.

Earlier this week, Governor Carcieri told Dan Yorke that the search for a successor is ongoing, and that the candidates include Brendan Doherty. Although Yorke didn't press the issue, nothing has happened to change the widespread view that the governor asked Pare to leave, and that Doherty will be his successor.

Fear not for Pare. He seems bound to land a good job in the private sector, and will get a generous state pench.

One leading theory for the seemingly early departure is that Carcieri blames Pare for the controversial 2003 raid on the Narragansett smoke shop. If so, it would seem like a dubious judgment. While the decision to forcibly close the smoke shop is open to question, the state police were just doing their job.

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