Chief Kevin Lynch began his career with the Department of Environmental Management – Enforcement Division graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy in 1988. In early 2019, he transferred to the Cranston Police Department and served for over twenty (20) years and steadily rose through the ranks reaching the rank of Commander (Lieutenant Colonel) to include serving as the Chief of Administration. In 2019, he retired from the Cranston Police Department to accept a position in State government at the Public Utilities Commission. He served as the Deputy Administrator (2nd in command) until being appointed by Governor Raimondo to interim Administrator.
Chief Kevin M. Lynch was appointed to lead the Bristol Police Department in September 2019. He is responsible for the planning, organizing and daily operations of the entire agency. Notably, The town of Bristol is home to the oldest and one of the largest continuously celebrated Independence Day festivities in the United States an event that draws over 200,000 people from Rhode Island and around the world. These elaborate celebrations give Bristol its nickname, “America’s most patriotic town”.
Chief Lynch holds a master’s degree from Roger Williams University and is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island Epsilon II Class (2009) and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government – Executive Leadership Program. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Roger Williams University and Bristol Community College.