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Flanders is the new receiver for Central Falls

January 31, 2011

Lawyer and former Supreme Court justice Robert G. Flanders is being appointed by Governor Chafee as the receiver for Central Falls:

Flanders will replace Judge Mark A. Pfeiffer, who has served as Receiver since July of last year under legislation authorizing state intervention in financially distressed communities. Flanders may also serve as a resource to other financially distressed communities, as circumstances warrant.
Flanders, who served for eight years as a Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, recently completed his term as Chairman of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, but will continue on the Board for a brief period until his successor is named and confirmed. 

“I have known and respected Justice Flanders for a long time, and have come to value his insight and advice,” Governor Chafee said. “His judgment, his varied and extensive experience in government, law and education, and his dedication to the people of Rhode Island make him well suited for the position of Central Falls Receiver. I am confident that he has the ability, the background, the needed skills, and the commitment required to address the considerable challenges involved with transforming Central Falls into a successful community.”

Governor Chafee also praised the performance of Judge Mark A. Pfeiffer, who had served as Central Falls Receiver for the past six months. Pfeiffer retired from the Superior Court bench in 2009 and was asked by then-Governor Donald L. Carcieri to become the city’s first Receiver in July of last year.

“Judge Pfeiffer has made considerable steps in the very difficult task he accepted when he answered the call to serve as Receiver,” Governor Chafee said. “He has worked tirelessly and has sacrificed a great deal of time and energy on behalf of the citizens of Central Falls and the people of Rhode Island. He deserves great praise for all he has accomplished, and I am personally grateful to him. Additionally, his December report will be an essential resource to myself and Justice Flanders as we move forward.”

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