Governor taps police Lt. Col. to help manage RIPTA

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Gov. Lincoln Chafee has tapped a top state police officer to help manage operations at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority as an investigation into a security breach at the agency continues.

Lt. Col. Raymond Studley will work with the agency director on what Studley called “the overall picture.” He won’t be involved in the criminal probe into an incident in which someone covered security cameras in a room where cash bus fares are handled.

Eight employees, including three managers, are being fired and a ninth has been suspended.

It’s not clear whether any money was stolen.

The problems came to light during an accountability and performance review requested by Chafee.

RIPTA, which runs the state bus system, has a projected $8 million deficit.

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