Smithfield Herald

Smithfield chief demotes captain

Police Chief Michael Scott has demoted and reassigned his second in command but isn’t saying why.

On Nov. 10, Scott demoted Bruce Gentry from captain to lieutenant and reassigned him to Johnston Community College, where he will work as a school resource officer and oversee three other SROs.

Lt. Keith Powell, the department’s third in command, confirmed the demotion and reassignment but declined to comment further. Tim Kerigan, the town’s human-resources chief, said he could not comment on a personnel matter. But he did confirm that Gentry had taken a pay cut, from $69,024.80 to $65,574.08 annually.

Gentry has been with the police department since 1992. He was interim police chief before Scott came to Smithfield from Iowa in October 2009.