Budget Commission is expected to reconvene in East Providence Thursday


EAST PROVIDENCE — Some five weeks to the day since it ended its day-to-day oversight of the city and returned authority back to administrators and politicians, the Budget Commission is expected to reconvene in East Providence on Thursday, May 2.

The meeting, which is expected to be posted on the city website some time Tuesday, will likely take place at 3 p.m. in City Hall. What exactly is on the agenda will be revealed upon the official release of the docket.

The Budget Commission was reseated for personnel matters-only two weeks ago by State Director of Revenue Rosemary Booth Gallogly at the behest of City Council President and Mayor James Briden.

Mr. Briden opted to seek the Commission's return three days after City Manager Peter Graczykowski placed East Providence Police Chief Joseph Tavares on administrative leave April 15.

Though he would not confirm the reasoning of his decision, it is believed Mr. Graczykowski took Chief Tavares off the job so City Human Resources Director Kathleen Waterbury could conduct a review of several outstanding complaints filed against the chief by members of his department.

The Budget Commission will take a slightly different form than it had at its last meeting. Former Chairman Michael O'Keefe stepped down from the state oversight committee at its last meeting on March 28. City native and Department of Revenue employee Christy Healey, who intricately served the Commission during its 15-month stay in East Providence, was tabbed by Director Gallogly as Mr. O'Keefe's replacement.

Diane Brennan and Stephen Gannon are expected to return to their seats on the Commission. Mr. Briden and Mr. Graczykowski will also once again take up their places on the Commission.


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