East Providence Budget Commission reconvenes Thursday, May 2

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Budget Commission has set the date and time of its return meeting, its first in some five weeks since it had formally restored authority to city officials and since State Director of Revenue Rosemary Booth Gallogly reseated the overseers for personnel matters on April 18.

The slightly revamped Budget Commission will gather in Room 306 of City Hall today — Thursday, May 2 — at 3 p.m. City native and Revenue Department employee Christy Healey, who played a significant supporting role to the Commission during its 15-month stay, has replaced Michael O'Keefe on the state-oversight group. Chairman Diane Brennan and Stephen Bannon are the other state appointees remaining on the Commission.

On Thursday's agenda are five topics, four from the city side and one from the school Department.

Those topics are as follows: Review of City personnel actions – Peter Graczykowski and Kathleen Waterbury; Request to fill Highway Superintendent position and to certify the eligibility list; Request to fill Auto Mechanic I position and to certify the eligibility list; Request to send two police recruits to the police academy and to certify the eligibility list; Request for interim assistance in the Treasury Department; Review of School personnel actions – Kim Mercer and Kathleen Waterbury; Request to post the Director of Pupil Personnel Services position.

Not on the agenda, but possibly to be discussed is the fate of East Providence Police Department Chief Joseph Tavares, who was put on administrative leave by City Manager and Commission member Peter Graczykowski on April 15. Three days later, at the partial request of City Council President and Commission member James Briden, Director Gallogly reinstated the Budget Commission for matters of personnel.

For a complete recap of the May 2 Budget Commission meeting return to The East Providence Post's web page at eastbayri.com later Thursday evening.

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