James Briden is the new mayor of East Providence.
Briden, one of four new City Councilors, was elected mayor unanimously during the inaugural ceremony for all of East Providence’s elected and appointed officials Monday night, Dec. 3, in City Hall.
“We will work well together,” said Briden during brief remarks after his selection as mayor.
Briden also promised professionalism, dedication and an emphasis on economic development along the waterfront and achieving fiscal stability – the goal of the East Providence Budget Commission, which controls town finances.
Briden, a former city solicitor, was elected to represent Ward 1 on the City Council. By charter, the council then elects a mayor.
Thomas Rose Jr. was re-elected assistant mayor. The Ward 3 councilor is the only returning member of the City Council.
The other city councilors are Helder Cunha in Ward 2, Chrissy Rossi in Ward 4 and Tracy Capobianco in the At-Large seat.
There was much pomp and circumstance at the 7 pm inaugural ceremony. An East Providence Police Department Color Guard posted the colors. Former city councilor Katie Kleyla sang the National Anthem.
The Hon. Maureen McKenna Goldberg, a RI Supreme Court Justice, swore in the City Council and the School Committee.
The all new School Committee is comprised of Elizabeth Clupny in Ward 1, Anthony Ferreira in Ward 2, Richard Pimental in Ward 3, Timothy Conley in Ward 4 and Joel Monteiro in the At-Large seat.
The new city solicitor is Timothy Chapman.
Family members, legislators, other city leaders and well-wishers packed the Council Chamber for the ceremony. Refreshments were served in the lobby outside the Council Chamber after the ceremony.