City Names Manager Finalists—Brown Apparently Top Pick

There are three finalists for city manager, Rachana Dixit writes in today’s Daily Progress: acting city manager Maurice Jones; Richard Brown, city manager of East Providence, RI; and Paula Hertwig Hopkins, the assistant city manager of of Columbia, MO. One of the three has been offered the job, but the city isn’t saying who. Dixit called all three: Jones and Hopkins say that they haven’t heard anything, while Brown wouldn’t talk. So, apparently, Richard Brown is the city’s top pick.

On his LinkedIn profile, Brown says that he’s held his current position since 2006 and that, previously, he spent fourteen years as manager of New London, CT and eight as manager of Petersburg, VA. He got his BA from UVA in 1974. A Rhode Island publication points out that this is the second job Brown has been a finalist for in the past year; the last time around it was for Plymouth, RI.

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