Sunday, September 25, 2016        

Town Manager

Dennis G. Finlay, Town Manager

Dennis G. Finlay, MBA, CGFM
Town Manager

Function: The Town Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town, responsible to the Town Council for the administration of all town affairs placed in the Manager’s charge by or under the Smithfield Town Charter.  Among the duties: direct and supervise all town departments within his/her jurisdiction; attend all Town Council meetings; ensure that the laws and provisions of the Town Charter under his/her jurisdiction are faithfully executed; prepare and submit an annual budgets; keep the Town Council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the Town; make recommendations to the Town Council concerning the affairs of the Town; and perform such duties specified under the Town Charter and required by the Town Council.
Functions of the Town Council: All powers of the Town shall be vested in the Town Council except as otherwise provided by law or the Smithfield Town Charter, and the Council shall provide for the exercise thereof and for the performance of all duties and obligations imposed on the Town by law. Among their duties are the selection of a Town Manager, approval of all policy matters, appointments to boards and commissions, approval of all licenses and permits and approval of zoning ordinance changes and contracts.
Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the directions to Town Hall and when is the Town Hall open?
From Rt. 295, take exit 7-A (Centerdale) onto Putnam Pike (Rt.44).  Take a left at traffic light onto Esmond Street and follow through one stop sign to the end.  Take a left onto Farnum Pike for approximately ½ mile.  Town Hall is located on the left next to the Georgiaville Fire Station and across from the Smithfield School Administration Building.  It is open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday except for holidays.  Click here for a map and detailed driving directions.

How often and when does the Town Council meet?
Smithfield Town Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, except July, August and December (designated one date) at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers in Smithfield Town Hall.  See the Town Calendar for specific dates.

Can I get a copy of the agenda in advance of the meetings?
Yes, they can be picked up outside of the Council Chamber beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the previous Friday to the meeting; they can be viewed on Cox Channel 17 and can be viewed on our web site.

Do I have to call the Town Manager or Town Council members for all questions relating to Town issues?
Not necessarily.  You can call the appropriate department (directory in the phone book, on the web site, or calling 233-1000 or checking Cox Channel 17).  You can also inquire of any department or the Town Manager via e-mail.  In addition, the Town Council member’s e-mail addresses are also listed on this web site.  Of course, at any time, the Town Manager or any Council member can be contacted relative to any specific questions.

Does the Town have any long-term plans in place outside of the annual budget?
Yes, there are many.  The Town has an annual goals document which is updated and reviewed annually; a Comprehensive Community Plan; a Comprehensive Recreation Plan; a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Plan which is updated semi-annually, and a Community Development Plan to name a few.  We are also in the process of developing a 5-year Financial Plan.

Does the Town encourage volunteers?
Yes, all of our Boards and Commissions are made up of community volunteers who are appointed at various intervals by the Town Council.  The Town also has many volunteers at the Senior Center and other town departments on a periodic basis.  If you are interested, please contact the Town Manager’s office.  See the list of vacancies for Boards & Commissions here.

On what holidays is the Town Hall Closed?
Smithfield Town Hall is closed for the following holidays: New Years Day, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Rhode Island Independence Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.  Half days include: Good Friday, Christmas Eve.  There is more detailed information here.  All closings are also posted on the Town Calendar.

Have a question that you think should appear here?
E-mail your question to:  E-Mail link.

 



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