D’Amico to leave Taveras administration for private sector

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced Friday that his acting chief of staff and city director of administration Michael D’Amico will leave his position to launch a private-sector consultancy. More

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D’Amico to leave Taveras administration for private sector

Posted 2/28/14

PROVIDENCE – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced Friday that his acting chief of staff and city director of administration Michael D’Amico will leave his position to launch a private-sector consultancy.

D’Amico, who has served as director of administration since Taveras took office in 2011 facing a $110 million budget deficit and what the mayor called an “unprecedented fiscal crisis,” will leave the city government effective Friday, March 14.

“Providence has made great progress in just three years,” said D’Amico in a statement. “It has been a privilege to work with so many talented and passionate people to address the challenges we have faced and to secure a brighter future for our capital city. The time is right for me to return to the private sector.”

Prior to joining the Taveras administration, D’Amico was vice president and general manager of the U.S. division of Johnson Matthey Emission Control Technologies. His new consultancy will specialize in finance and accounting, large-scale operations, union contracts, and labor and government relations.

D’Amico will remain as a consultant to the city to streamline the transition to new leadership, and to prepare Taveras’ fiscal year 2015 proposed budget.

“Michael’s tenure in city government has coincided with a severe fiscal emergency that threatened our city’s future and has required extraordinary talent and effort to address,” said Taveras in a statement. “I am very proud of the work we have accomplished to address Providence’s Category 5 fiscal hurricane and put our city on firm financial ground.”

Following D’Amico’s departure on March 14, current Deputy Chief of Staff Gonzalo Cuervo will serve as Taveras’ chief of staff and the ctiy’s Director of Finance Lawrence J. Mancini will assume the role of acting director of administration.

Ani Haroian, currently the city’s director of community relations, will step into the deputy chief of staff position vacated by Cuervo.

The announcement of D’Amico’s return to the private sector came the same day Liz White, Providence’s deputy director of communications, left her position to take a job as campaign manager for City Council President Michael Solomon’s mayoral campaign. The city has not yet selected her successor.

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