President Jo-Ann Ryan (Ward 5) and members of the Finance Committee voted unanimously tonight to approve Ferenc Karoly’s recommendation for the post of Executive Director of the Providence External Review Authority (PERA). The matter will then be put to the vote of the entire city council for final approval.

“I have been impressed with Mr. Karoly’s long career in law enforcement and his service history. He brings decades of experience and integrity to the table as City Council strives to fulfill this important role. I look forward to seeing what Mr. Karoly can do to promote transparency and accountability within the Providence Police Department, ”said City Councilor Jo-Ann Ryan.

Ferenc Karoly is a veteran of the United States Navy and currently works as a lawyer. For 15 years he served with the Middletown Police Department, starting as a patrol officer and progressing 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 an increase in crime and a corresponding shortage of personnel within the police department. It is crucial that our law enforcement officers are held to the highest level of service and professionalism. I am confident that Mr. Karoly will lead PERA with a focus on justice and public safety in the city of Providence, ”added Ryan.

PERA was created in 2002 to create a civilian oversight system for the Providence Police Department. Members of PERA investigate and conduct hearings into allegations of misconduct by police officers in Providence. The Executive Director of PERA serves two-year terms and oversees all PERA staff and investigations.