Chairwoman Jo-Ann Ryan (Ward 5) and the members of the Committee on Finance voted unanimously tonight to approve the recommendation of Ferenc Karoly for the position of Executive Director of the Providence External Review Authority (PERA). The matter will next be voted on by the full City Council for final approval.
“I was impressed by Mr. Karoly’s extensive career in law enforcement and his history of service. He brings decades of experience and integrity to the table as the City Council works to fill this important role. I look forward to seeing what Mr. Karoly can do to promote transparency and accountability within the Providence Police Department,” stated Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan.
Ferenc Karoly is a veteran of the United States Navy and currently works as an attorney. For 15 years, he served the Middletown Police Department, starting as a patrol officer and working up to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Mr. Karoly holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University and a Criminal Justice Certificate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy.
“Our city is facing a spike in crime and a corresponding staffing shortage within the Police Department. It is crucial that our law enforcement officers are held to the highest standard of service and professionalism. I am confident that Mr. Karoly will lead PERA with a laser focus on justice and public safety in the city of Providence,” added Ryan.
PERA was established in 2002 to create a system for civilian oversight of the Providence Police Department. Members of PERA investigate and conduct hearings regarding allegations of misconduct by Providence Police officers. The Executive Director of PERA serves two-year terms and oversees all PERA staff and investigations.