State to name Luba MFA, East Providence Budget Commission will be dissolved

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Post and eastbayri.com have learned Paul Luba, of Warwick, will be named as the city's state-appointed Municipal Finance Advisor at the Budget Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Sept. 12, in Room 306 of City Hall.

In addition, according to sources, the Budget Commission will be dissolved for a second time once Mr. Luba officially takes the position as of the start of the business day Monday morning, Sept. 16.

The Commission, which had originally given authority back to city administrators and elected officials in March of this year, was reseated by State Director of Revenue Rosemary Booth Gallogly in April to oversee personnel after City Manager Peter Graczykowski attempted to remove East Providence Police Chief Joseph Tavares from his position.

The hiring of Mr. Luba is a continuation of the state's five-year period of oversight of East Providence. The Municipal Finance Advisor position was authored during the most recent General Assembly session as an amendment to the initial distressed municipalities legislation that created the budget commission process.

Mr. Luba will serve as part liaison, part watchdog. He will report to Mrs. Gallogly while working with the city manager, Finance Director Malcolm Moore and the City Council on monetary matters only. He will have no input into personnel decisions per the amended Assembly legislation. The city and state will share equally the cost of his compensation package, $90,000 in base salary plus benefits.

Mr. Luba most recently served as a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Robert Allen Group, Inc., a textiles company based out of Foxboro, Mass. He worked for the company from 1987 until May of 2012. The company also has offices in High Wycombe, United Kingdom and Mississauga, Canada.

According to its website, The Allen Group designs and markets decorative fabrics, trims, and furnishings. It provides linings, duvet covers, bed skirts, pillows, and drapery hardware. the company offers its products under Robert Allen And Beacon Hill Brand Names.

According to the website radaris.com, Mr. Luba was educated in part at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., where he earned a master's degree in taxation. He also attended Yale University's, receiving a master's degree from the School Of Public And Private Management.

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