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Cicilline names new director of administration

The Cicilline administration's handling of the recent snow calamity was clearly hurt by the departure of such nuts-and-bolts types as former chief of staff Mike Mello. Now, with the naming of a replacement for outgoing director of administration John Simmons, who heads to RIPEC, the pressure will remain on City Hall to do better during the next snow storm.

Here's the official announcement:

PROVIDENCE – Mayor David N. Cicilline today announced the appointment of Richard Kerbel to Director of Administration, one of the senior executive positions in Providence city government. Kerbel comes to Providence with 34 years of experience in local government management, most recently as Town Manager of Coventry, Rhode Island.

 

“Rich Kerbel is among the most experienced and highly respected administrators in the State of Rhode Island,” said Mayor David N. Cicilline. “He is perfectly suited to hit the ground running as we continue the critical work of reform in Providence city government.”

 

Kerbel is best known as the longtime Town Manager of North Kingston, Rhode Island, where he served from 1993 to 2006. As the chief executive officer, he garnered two bond rating upgrades, won seven Government Finance Officers Association budget awards and managed $35,000,000 in school construction projects among many other achievements. He was awarded the Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award for Local Government from RIPEC in 2002.

 

“I am honored to work for Mayor Cicilline and join the excellent team he has assembled to serve the people of Providence,” said Kerbel. “The statewide budget environment is posing serious challenges to every Rhode Island city and town, but I look forward to working with the Mayor to protect the great momentum that has been built in Providence.”

 

Kerbel came to Rhode Island in 1993 from the State of New York, where he served as Town Manager of Fallsburg, Director of Neighborhood Development for the City of Rochester, and Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Rochester. In Fallsburg he was recognized for restoring stability to city government after the conviction of three Town employees on corruption charges under a previous administration.

 

He holds a Doctorate of Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University.

 

Rich’s wife, Claudia, is an academic advisor at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein College of Continuing Education in Providence. He has two children. Allison, 24, is a graduate student in the Masters of Public Policy program at Brown University and works at the Clarendon Group, a communications and public affairs firm in Providence. Nathan, 19, is enrolled in the criminal justice program at Johnson & Wales University.

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