City's Finance Director to Depart, Deputy Director Promoted to Head Department
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City's Finance Director to Depart, Deputy Director Promoted to Head Department

Friday, September 20, 2013

Michael Pearis accepts executive leadership position at Boston social service agency; replacement Lawrence J. Mancini has long experience in city finances.

Mayor Angel Taveras today announced that City Finance Director Michael Pearis has accepted a position as Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Pearis' last day in Providence is October 4.

"I congratulate Michael Pearis on his appointment to a senior leadership position at the Home for Little Wanderers, one of Boston's largest and most respected social service agencies," said Mayor Taveras. "Michael has been a capable and steady Director of Finance during a time of fiscal challenge for the City of Providence. I thank him for his service to our City and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

Pearis, a former business executive with diverse financial, managerial and operations experience, has worked as the City's Finance Director since January 2012. He has focused much of his career in the nonprofit, financial services and consumer products sectors, and previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Child and Family, the largest social service provider in Newport County.

Mayor Taveras also announced the selection of Lawrence J. Mancini as the City's next Finance Director. Mancini is currently the Deputy Finance Director and has been employed in various finance positions for the City since 1987, working his way up the ranks from his first job as an assistant tax collector. He has also held positions as the City's Acting Finance Director, and as the Accounting Administrator and Director of Administration in the Department of Planning and Development. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Bryant University.

"Larry Mancini is a dedicated public servant with deep experience and a long track record of achievement in City finances. I am confident Larry will continue serving the City of Providence with distinction as our Director of Finance," said Mayor Taveras.

The City's Finance Director oversees the Department of Finance and the Offices of the City Controller, City Collector and City Assessor. The Director of Finance also serves as vice chairman of the Board of Investment Commissioners and as a member of the Providence Water Supply Board, the Board of Contract and Supply, and the Providence Public Building Authority.

Sara Merritt has been selected to succeed Mancini as Deputy Finance Director. Merritt has served as the City's Deputy Controller since February 2012, and worked previously at the accounting firm Braver PC. She holds a B.S. in accounting from Rhode Island College.

The Deputy Controller position will be filled.

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