January 13, 2023
Parker Gavigan, Director of Communications
Joint Statement from Council President Rachel Miller and Chief Judge of the Municipal Court, Frank Caprio, on his Retirement
Chief Judge has offered to volunteer with the court
Providence, RI – City Council President Rachel Miller has accepted the decision of Chief Judge of the Municipal Court, Frank Caprio, to retire after nearly 40 exemplary years on the bench.
“Judge Caprio has my utmost respect for a lifetime of public service to our city,” said President Miller. “I intend to support the nomination of Judge Caprio before the entire City Council to become Chief Judge Emeritus of the Providence Municipal Court.”
“The City of Providence welcomed my immigrant father 120 years ago and provided the opportunity to him and countless other immigrants to flourish in America,” said Chief Judge Caprio. “Providence remains the beacon of hope and opportunity to waves of people from around the world seeking the American Dream. The City is fortunate to have the current City Council, led by Council President Miller from my beloved 13th Ward, Majority Leader Taylor, and Mayor Smiley.
“As I reflect on my 38 years as a Judge, I hope I have lived up to the example of all those that served before me, either on the bench, or in City Government, to make Providence a city that welcomes all, and enriches the lives of every person that chooses our great city to be their home.
“On a personal note, I would like to thank my dear friend, former Mayor Joe Paolino, who was a driving force behind being elected my first term as a judge. Additionally, a big thank you to the talented team of court personnel for their dedicated service. And, of course, the part that I enjoyed the most, which is interacting with the wonderful mosaic of residents and visitors to our city. I look forward to the next chapter in my career and to continue enjoying the blessings of good health.”
Judicial elections and, ultimately, the leadership of the Municipal Court will be put before the entire City Council next Thursday, January 19.
The Council President has no further comment at this time.