September 30, 2020

East Providence Mayor Appoints Director of Administration


East Providence, RI – Mayor Bob DaSilva has appointed a new member to his staff.

DaSilva has named Napolean Gonsalves as the city of East Providence director of administration. Gonsalves will oversee the departments under the city’s Executive Branch of government and report directly to the mayor.

“Mr. Gonsalves’ leadership, discipline, strength with policies and procedures and ability to effectively communicate with staff and the public will play an imperative role in this administration,” Mayor DaSilva said. A dedicated public servant, Gonsalves’ knowledge in urban affairs will help drive our community forward.”

Prior to joining the city of East Providence, Gonsalves served as detective captain with the Pawtucket Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit where he oversaw everything from the Detective, Prosecution and Evidence units to internal disciplinary matters.

Before being named captain, Gonsalves spent six years working as the Office of Professional Standards Officer in Charge.

In addition, Gonsalves developed planning and training programs, supervised municipal court and managed budgets.

Gonsalves, who is bilingual in Creole, enjoys giving back to the community.

While at the police department he oversaw the Community Works program where he worked with the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, Leon Mathieau Senior Center and the school department. Gonsalves also volunteered during his free time when he served as a board member of the Capeverdean American Community Development organization where he was integral in reestablishing the organization.

Gonsalves served three years of honorable service in the U.S. Army and six years of honorable service in the U.S. Army Reserves. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.


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