Retired Navy commander approved as Newport city manager

NEWPORT MAYOR XAY KHAMSYVORAVONG speaks during the May 8 city council meeting before a vote to hire U.S. Navy Commander Colin Kennedy. PBN SCREENSHOT/ CHRISTOPHER ALLEN

NEWPORT – The City Council on Wednesday voted 5-2 to approve a three-year contract to tap Colin Kennedy, a retired U.S. Navy commander with no municipal experience, to fill the permanent city manager role left vacant after the 2023 retirement of former city manager Joseph Nicholson.  Vice chairwoman Lynn Underwood Ceglie and council member and

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