City Manager

The Office of the City Manager administers the functions of the City in accordance with Federal and State laws, as well as the City Charter, Ordinances, established policies, and labor agreements.

The City Manager’s Office is located on the first floor of City Hall, Room 102. It is staffed by the City Manager and an Administrative Assistant. All Department Heads report directly to the City Manager.

Role of the City Manager’s Office:

The City Manager’s Office provides centralized direction and leadership for the effective administration and operations of all municipal services for the City of East Providence as directed by the City Council and serves as the focal point for the management of the City staff departments. The City Manager’s Office prepares and submits to the City Council a fiscally responsible operating budget and capital improvement plan for municipal services in adherence with the policy goals and objectives of the City Council, while employing such managerial techniques as needed to assure efficient and effective utilization of the City’s resources.

Background on the Council-Manager Form of Government

The council-manager form of government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. Approximately 59% of US cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and 47% of US cities with populations of 5,000 or more, have adopted the council—manager form of government.

Responsibilities of the City Manager’s Office

The primary responsibility of a city manager is to implement the policies of the elected City Council effectively and efficiently. In addition, in the council-manager government, the manager assumes responsibility for:

• Preparing the annual budget
• Managing employee and labor relations
• Administering and managing daily operations
• Advising the Council regarding policies and programs affecting the City
• Recommending and developing policies and programs
• Advising the Council of the financial planning, and conditions of the City
• Engaging the Council with analysis and assessments to promote informed decision making

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Contact Information


Chief Christopher J. Parella
Acting City Manager

Phone: 401-435-7500