East Providence City Council suggests four possible interim City Manager candidates

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence City Council, at a special meeting held Friday evening, Nov. 8, suggested four possible candidates to fill the position of City Manager in the wake of Peter Graczykowski's firing three nights earlier.

One name bandied about prior to the meeting, that of former East Providence City Manager Paul Lemont, did in fact surface. Mr. Lemont was proposed for the position by Ward 2 rep Helder Cunha.

Council President and Ward 1 rep James Briden put the name of Paul Luba, the current state-appointed Municipal Finance Advisor (MFA), into the mix. Mr. Luba said he would make himself available for the position. It remains to be determined, however, if Mr. Luba would be allowed to take over the role, considering the Fiscal Stability Act legislation was amended by the General Assembly to remove any personnel powers from the MFA.

Ward 4 rep Chrissy Rossi, the lone member of the Council to vote against Mr. Graczykowski's removal at the body's Nov. 5 meeting, threw current City Finance Director Malcolm Moore's name into the ring.

The last name, offered up by Ward 3 rep Tommy Rose, was a bit out of the box. Steven Hartford, who resigned as Westerly Town Manager in August of this year, was proposed by Mr. Rose. Mr. Hartford was quoted in The Westerly Sun as saying he knew he did not have the support of the Westerly Town Council upon his decision to step away from that town's top administrative post.

Two people thought to be under consideration by multiple sources earlier Friday — current City Solicitor Tim Chapman and Planning Director Jeanne Boyle — did not have their names submitted Friday.

The Council has scheduled another special session for Friday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Chamber where any of the four candidates proposed can attend, submit a resume and be available to be interviewed during the open meeting.

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