Pagliarini named Taveras’ chief of staff
In this position, Pagliarini will supervise the Mayor’s immediate staff and will be responsible for coordination between city departments and state government and agencies.
“J.R. brings extraordinary personal and professional acumen to a position that demands a high-level of skill and a deep understanding of the issues confronting Providence residents and my administration,” said Mayor-elect Taveras. “I have long respected and admired J.R.’s work ethic and his ability to be open, honest, and collaborative in every position he has held. And we share a fundamental belief that government must be more effective and more accountable.”
Pagliarini comes to this position with an extensive resume in government. He was the Communications Director for then-Mayor Chafee of Warwick from 1993 to1998 and served as U.S. Senator Chafee’s state director from 2003 to 2007. In recent years, Pagliarini has been an associate commissioner of higher education and served as Governor Carcieri’s deputy chief of staff. Most recently, he managed the campaign of Governor-elect Chafee. Pagliarini received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fairfield University and a master’s in public affairs from George Washington University. He is a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School, in Warwick.
Pagliarini is liked and respected across Rhode Island’s partisan divide. He was present for Lincoln Chafee’s victory celebration in Warwick on Election night, and some thought Pagliarini would find a place in Chafee’s administration, but that didn’t happen.
He volunteered his resignation from the Chafee campaign after being accused of receiving a few hundred dollars in unemployment payments while on the campaign payroll. Pagliarini maintained he did nothing wrong and would be exonerated.
Hiring Pagliarini, a highly experienced political hand, represents something of a coup for Taveras.
Pagliarini didn’t answer his phone when I called him earlier this afternoon, but he offers this comment via press release:
“I am truly excited about the opportunity to work in Providence, and to embark on what promises to be challenging and extremely rewarding work with Mayor-elect Taveras,” said Pagliarini. “I am honored to have a role in moving our states capital city forward.”