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Friday, January 31, 2014

First Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth P. Madden Retires After Nearly 28 Years As Federal Prosecutor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – First Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth P. Madden, a federal prosecutor for nearly twenty-eight years, is retiring from public service today after serving a total of thirty-eight years as a local prosecutor. Mr. Madden served as a Rhode Island state prosecutor for ten years prior to his appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1986.

Since joining the United States Attorney’s office in January 1986, Mr. Maddenhas served at various times as Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force, Senior Litigation Counsel and First Assistant U.S. Attorney. From 1975 until January 1986, Mr. Madden served as a Special Assistant Rhode Island Attorney General and an Assistant Rhode Island Attorney General. Mr. Madden is a 1972 graduate of Providence College and received his law degree from St. John’s University in 1975.

“During my four-plus years as United States Attorney, I have turned to Ken Madden nearly every day for his advice and counsel. There has never been a finer First Assistant United States Attorney. His combination of experience, wisdom and grace cannot be replaced,” said United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.  

United States Attorney Neronha added, “All Rhode Islanders should be grateful for the nearly forty years that Ken has worked tirelessly and with great distinction on their behalf.  If the story of Ken Madden and his public service is ever written, those who have never met Ken will surely wish that they had.”

First Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth P. Madden was recently recognized by United States Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director H. Marshall Jarrett with a 2013 Director’s Award, the most prestigious individual award presented jointly by the United States Attorney General and EOUSA.

First Assistant Kenneth P. Madden remarked, “I am very grateful to United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha for the faith and trust he had in me to appoint me as his First Assistant, and I consider myself very fortunate to have worked alongside so many dedicated federal and state prosecutors, support staff and law enforcement officers these many years.”


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Updated June 22, 2015