Rossi sworn in as town manager in Smithfield

Rossi sworn in as town manager in Smithfield

Former Finance Director Randy Rossi was sworn in as town manager in a ceremony held Aug. 31 at the Smithfield Senior Center. (Breeze photo by Jackie Roman)

SMITHFIELD – Former Finance Director Randy Rossi was officially sworn in as town manager in a packed “who’s who” event at the Smithfield Senior Center on Aug. 31.

“It’s a very important ceremony for all of us,” Smithfield Fire Chief Robert Seltzer said. “Now starts a new era with new leadership.”

Rossi was joined for the occasion by local town officials, municipal employees, and school employees. Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, representatives Thomas Winfield and Greg Costantino, Bryant University President Ronald Machtley, Supt. Judy Paolucci, Town Council President Paul Santucci, and School Committee Chairman Sean Clough were among the public figures present.

“The town of Smithfield has chosen wisely,” Fung, a friend of Rossi’s since college, said.

Fung also worked with the new town manager when Rossi served as treasurer and IT director in Cranston from 2003 to 2006.

“He did anything we asked of him,” Fung said. “And I know he’s going to lead Smithfield in a great direction.”

Santucci echoed that sentiment and said Rossi “will lead us in a new direction” despite some serious differences. After all, Rossi is a Yankee and Giants fan.

“But Randy is a Smithfield Sentinel and that’s all that matters,” Santucci joked.

In his first remarks as town manager, Rossi said the camaraderie and acceptance shown that evening summed up why he applied to become town manager in the first place.

“That’s really the reason I stepped up, it’s that kind of home welcoming,” he said.

The 38-year-old will be overseeing several major projects, including the development of the town’s economic growth overlay district, the school system’s elementary reconfiguration plan, and an overhaul of the police and fire pension funds.

Despite the challenges, Rossi said he feels “like a kid getting up on Christmas morning” in his new position.

“It’s like my Christmas presents are waiting for me at the office,” he said.