CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI/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 Central Falls Mayor’s office confirms that 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. Both the mayor and Doherty agreed the board had to move in a new direction.
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.