PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A former state police commander is being offered the chief executive's job at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.
       The Providence Journal reports that the transit authority's board voted Monday to offer a one-year contract to former state police Lt. Col. Raymond Studley, who hasn't decided yet on the proposal.
       Gov. Lincoln Chafee put Studley in charge of the transit authority last August after CEO Charles Odimgbe was suspended. Odimgbe left the authority in January after agreeing to a $130,000 settlement with the board. RIPTA officials never explained the suspension.
       Authority officials say Studley's salary and other details in the offer need to be negotiated. They say his initial salary probably would be somewhat less than the pay of Odimgbe, who received $162,000 a year.