Randy Rossi named new town manager

Randy Rossi named new town manager

SMITHFIELD – Concluding weeks of deliberation, Finance Director Randy Rossi was named the next Smithfield town manager at an Aug. 8 Town Council meeting.

Town Council President Paul Santucci said Rossi would officially begin work as town manager after contract negotiations were finalized.

Rossi will be succeeding current Town Manager Dennis Finlay, who has held a variety of posts in town government for the past 29 years.

Finlay, who first announced his intention to retire in January, has held the position of tax collector, finance director, purchasing agent, auditor, part-time personnel director, insurance broker, budget analyst, asset management agent, acting town manager on several occasions, and permanent town manager.

Finlay will be stepping down from his position to spend retirement with his wife, Renee.

Rossi served as the treasurer and IT director in Cranston from Jan. 2003 to Oct. 2006 and then worked as the treasurer and finance director in Foster through March 2008, at which time he moved to Smithfield.

Rossi has held the position of Smithfield's finance director since 2008.