Fernandez Steps Down as City Solicitor

Providence City Solicitor Joseph M. Fernandez, who has been quite public about his interest in running for Attorney General, has stepped down from his post to pursue "other opportunities." This just in from Mayor David N. Cicilline's office:

Mayor David N. Cicilline today announced that City Solicitor Joseph M. Fernandez is stepping down after seven years of strong leadership as the City’s chief lawyer.  The Mayor credited Fernandez with “laying a solid legal foundation for the Administration’s ongoing efforts to improve Providence City government.”

Fernandez joined the Cicilline Administration at the beginning of the Mayor’s first term and quickly assembled a talented and professional legal team to assist the Mayor with his ambitious reform agenda.  One of Fernandez’s early accomplishments was developing a successful legal strategy in pension revocation cases to ensure that those former City employees who betrayed the public’s trust were held accountable.  He also helped draft and negotiate complex agreements to help fuel the city’s economy, including the contract that resulted in GTECH’s relocation of its world headquarters to downtown Providence. 

Fernandez will step down as City Solicitor later this month to explore other opportunities while assisting the Mayor in the transition to new leadership in the Law Department.


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