Speaker Bios

Colonel Stephen McCartney – Served in the Providence Police Department for over 25 years rising to the position of Major where he was in charge of the department’s entire Detective Division. He was responsible for well over 150 major investigations and oversaw the Providence component of the Operation Checkmate investigation against the Latin Kings street gang. Besides numerous commendations for outstanding police work, he has been recognized for outstanding achievement by the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney, the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General, the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Colonel McCartney has serving in the capacity of Colonel with the Warwick Police Department since 1999.  He has served in the United States Marine Corp participating in two combat operations; 1971 in Vietnam and in 1991 in Operation Desert Storm. Colonel McCartney also served two tours of duty in Rwanda, Africa assisting the U.S. Embassy and the government of Rwanda in providing direction and guidance to law enforcement authorities in that country’s awesome task of prosecution of genocide war crimes.

Peter Neronha – Began his public service career began with his appointment as a state prosecutor in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in 1996. In 2002, Mr. Neronha became a federal prosecutor, joining the Rhode Island United States Attorney’s Office. In 2009, on the recommendation of United States Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Neronha to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island. During his nearly eight years as United States Attorney, Mr. Neronha made public corruption the top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office. Under his direction, the Office prosecuted numerous cases against state and local elected officials, including a city mayor, three town councilmen, a state senator, a state representative, a House of Representatives Finance Chairman and a House Speaker, all of whom were sentenced to federal prison. Additionally, as United States Attorney, Mr. Neronha led an investigation of Google regarding its business practice of assisting off-shore pharmacies unlawfully importing controlled substances, including opioids, into the United States. As a result of that investigation, Google forfeited 500 million dollars, one of the five largest forfeitures in U.S. history, of which 230 million dollars were returned to Rhode Island. Mr. Nerohna is currently running for the Office of Attorney General for Rhode Island.

Dr. Alexander Chirkov – graduated from the IM Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy.  Dr. Chirkov then performed his residency at Brown University and a Fellowship at Boston University.  He has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years and is currently a pathologist and Chief Medical Examiner at the State Medical Examiner’s Office.  Through the performance of autopsies the mission of the agency is to determine both the cause and manner of death.  Dr. Chirkov has also participated in authoring many publications and presentations.

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Last Updated: 4/22/19