The town manager of Narragansett, a former high-ranking trooper, has been appointed Rhode Island’s next state police superintendent. Gov. Gina Raimondo’s office on Thursday announced the selection of James Manni as the next head of the state police. He is set to replace Col. Ann C. Assumpico, whose retirement was announced on Monday. “I’m very excited at the realization I will be going back to the Rhode Island State Police as the superintendent,” Manni said Thursday, calling it every state trooper’s dream. “It’s such an honor to be considered for the position,” he said. Manni, 57, of South Kingstown, said he planned to meet with Assumpico and reevaluate the force he retired from in 2015 to assess areas in need of improvement. Manni said he gave the Town of Narragansett notice that day that he was voluntarily resigning. The three-year contract he signed with the town requires that he give 60 days’ notice, meaning he will continue in his capacity as town manager for up to 60 days. “I want this to be as seamless a transition as possible for the town” and its residents, he said. “Major Manni has had a long and respected career serving the state in law enforcement and local public service,” Raimondo said in a written statement. “He will undoubtedly continue the rich tradition of service at the Rhode Island State Police.” Assumpico, in a statement released Thursday afternoon, said: “I am pleased to pass the torch to James Manni, a fellow trooper and command staff member, who will continue to build upon the legacy of the Rhode Island State Police while maintaining the traditions of excellence that have made it one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in our country. I wish him all the best in his new role. During his tenure in the state police, Manni won a service ribbon in recognition of his role in a 1991 chase on Route 95 through Providence. Manni and other troopers were chasing suspects involved in the robbery of a grocery store when the suspects opened fire, police said at the time. Manni, a passenger in one of the cruisers, returned fire with a shotgun, according to Journal archives. Nobody was hit, and the troopers, Manni among them, were recognized for maneuvers that kept other motorists safe. He was also one of the first-responders on the scene of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick.