City Council Begins 2023 Legislative Session: City Treasurer and Internal Auditor elected, Committee Appointments approved, and Mayoral School Board appointees received

Jan 5, 2023

January 5, 2023

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:

Parker Gavigan, Director of Communications

pgavigan@providenceri.gov

Providence, RI – Tonight, the Providence City Council began its 2023 legislative session with newly elected President Rachel Miller (Ward 13) presiding. “As we begin the new year with our first meeting, the Providence City Council and its selected committees now get to work in earnest for all our neighbors,” said Council President Miller. “Our council team, in coordination with experienced staff, is energized for the year ahead. I look forward to helping lead a broad and diverse coalition of public servants focused on schools, fixing our housing crisis, and ensuring that government is transparent and accessible for our residents.”

City Treasurer

Councilors unanimously elected James Lombardi III as Providence City Treasurer for a four-year term. Lombardi is an attorney and certified public accountant. Lombardi was most recently the city’s treasurer for the past 12 years. Prior to that, he was the city’s internal auditor for 12 years. Lombardi has a vast amount of experience in both financial and governmental operations. During his tenure, he has also served as a senior advisor and chief of staff to the city council.

Internal Auditor

Councilors also unanimously elected Gina Costa for a four-year term as the city’s Internal Auditor. Costa has 22 years of service to Providence, most recently serving as internal auditor. She also served 10 years in the administrative branch focusing on public safety finance, and 12 years in the internal auditor’s office. Costa was born and raised in the city and is an alum of Classical High School. The City Charter provides that the city’s internal auditor shall have access to the books and records of all offices, departments, and other agencies of the city.

Committee Appointments

Councilors approved President Miller’s appointments for Standing committees, Rules Committee, and the Special Committee on State Legislative Affairs. Chairpersons will be elected by committee members when those committees convene.

 

Committee on Finance

Councilwoman Helen D. Anthony

Councilman James E. Taylor

Councilor Juan M. Pichardo

Councilor Sue R. Anderbois

Councilor Miguel A. Sanchez

Committee on City Public Works

Councilman Oscar O. Vargas

Councilor Miguel A. Sanchez

Councilor Justin M. Roias

Councilman Pedro J. Espinal

Councilwoman Ana S. Vargas

 

Committee on Ordinances

Councilman Pedro J. Espinal

Councilman Oscar O. Vargas

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris

Councilor Justin M. Roias

Councilwoman Shelley T. Peterson

 

Committee on Rules

Councilman James E. Taylor

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris

Councilwoman Helen D. Anthony

Councilor Juan M. Pichardo

Councilor Miguel A. Sanchez

 

Committee on City Property

Councilman John Goncalves

Councilor Susan R. Anderbois

Councilman Pedro J. Espinal

Councilwoman Althea A. Graves

Councilwoman Shelley T. Peterson

 

Committee on State Legislative Affairs

Councilman John Goncalves

Councilor Justin M. Roias

Councilwoman Shelley T. Peterson

Councilwoman Ana S. Vargas

Councilwoman Althea A. Graves

 

Committee on Urban Redevelopment Renewal and Planning

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris

Councilor Juan M. Pichardo

Councilman John Goncalves

Councilwoman Ana S. Vargas

Councilwoman Althea Graves

 

Committee on Claims and Pending Suits

Councilman John Goncalves

Councilor Juan M. Pichardo

Councilman Pedro J. Espinal

Councilwoman Shelley T. Peterson

Councilwoman Helen D. Anthony

 

 

Elections of Councilmembers to Boards and Agencies for 2023-2027

Providence Housing Authority – Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11) and Councilman Justin Roias (Ward 4)

Providence Redevelopment Agency – Councilman Pedro Espinal (Ward 10) and Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11)

Water Supply Board – Councilman Oscar Vargas (Ward 15) and Pro Tempore Juan Pichardo (Ward 9)

Board of Parks Commissioners – Pro Tempore Juan Pichardo (Ward 9) and Councilwoman Sue Anderbois (Ward 3)

Recreational Advisory Board – Majority Whip Miguel Sanchez (Ward 6) and Councilwoman Ana Vargas (Ward 7)

 Appointments of Providence School Board Members

Councilors referred Mayor Brett Smiley’s Providence School Board appointees to the committee on finance.

  • Toni Akin
  • George Matouk
  • Carolina Roberts-Santana
  • Erlin Rogel

The full agenda can be viewed here.

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