Mayors of the City of Providence



31. Joseph A. Doorley (1930- )

Served January 1965 to January 1975 (Democrat)

Birthplace: Providence. He was the chief promoter of the Providence Civic Center, which the press nicknamed "Doorley's Dream." He was the last of three Democrats to serve as Mayor of Providence in a continuous 34 year span. From 1956 to 1962 he was administrative assistant to the Governor of Rhode Island. In 1962 he was elected to the Providence Common Council. In 1964 he became the first in a succession of three mayors, each who could claim the title of Providence's youngest mayor. (Portrait number fourteen, located in the Aldermen's Chamber)


33. Joseph R. Paolino Jr. (1955- )


Served April 1984 to January 1991 (Democrat)

Birthplace: Providence. At age 29, he was the youngest Mayor of Providence. During his tenure as mayor he was responsible for streamlining local government and attracting professional municipal managers to important posts in city government. In 1985 the Rhode Island Jaycees declared him `Outstanding Rhode Islander of the Year.' He went on to become the Ambassador to Malta and ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. (Portrait number four, located on the third floor)