Deputy Attorney General Gerald J. Coyne
Deputy Attorney General Gerald J. Coyne serves as the principal advisor to the Attorney General on all legal and administrative matters. The Deputy Attorney General also advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing departmental policies and programs, as well as providing overall supervision to all units and divisions within the department.
Following graduation from law school, Jerry served for five years in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. For the next six years, he worked as a prosecutor for the Department of Attorney General, concentrating on environmental and organized crime cases. In 1994, he entered private practice, focusing upon civil and criminal litigation. He rejoined the Department of Attorney General as Deputy in January,1999.
In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the office, Jerry is a member of the State Crime Laboratory Commission and serves as Vice Chairman of the Rhode Island Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness. He continues to work with law enforcement agencies and the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association to address issues related to racial profiling and bias-based policing, and to draft statewide model policies for issues such as high-speed pursuits and use of force. He served as a member of the former Select Commission on Race and Police Community Relations
Jerry has continued to handle litigation including the prosecution of the operator of a motorboat that struck and killed a youth on the Barrington River, and issues related to the Central Falls receivership.