NORTH SMITHFIELD – A town councilor who notes he spent his past two years focusing on fiscal responsibility, transparency and giving a voice back to the residents has announced his bid for town administrator.
Councilor Douglas Osier has announced that he will be seeking the position after two successful years on the council. As an active member of the board, Osier notes he, “sought new ways to connect residents with their local officials.”
He said that a few of his accomplishments involved making council meetings more accessible to the community and advocating for affordable taxes. Osier notes he also called for a review of the budget process and advocated against the town relying on bonds and debt.
During his term he said he fought for North Smithfield’s rural landscape, the environment and to preserve the towns’ history. He notes he spoke out against the large wind turbine project during the zoning meeting to help maintain the town’s rural character, and always focuses on quality of life.
Osier points out that he also initiated and passed an infrastructure resolution. Additionally, he sponsored the emergency solar moratorium and advocated for a 1:1 tree replacement in the solar ordinance, which were both successfully passed by the Town Council.
Furthermore, Osier said he, “aimed to create a collaborative open space policy and voted against the clear cutting of over 180 acres of forest in North Smithfield,” stating that, “projects were moving too fast and needed to slow down to prevent long term harm to the town and its’ residents.”
Osier said he will continue to draw upon his experiences from both the Town Council and as co-chair on the town’s Budget Committee, along with his degrees in finance and economics. Osier also holds a Master of Business Administration in leadership and is currently a manager in data analytics, business intelligence and decision support.
Osier and his wife, Ashley, recently welcomed their first child into their family.
Osier said he plans to continue to bring a “proactive, strategic, analytical perspective to ensure proper town planning,” while fostering a more “collaborative effort” in North Smithfield. He said he aims to create a stronger community and protect the history and landscape of North Smithfield.
He said he will continue to be “an advocate for the residential taxpayer and small business owners in town,” and promises “to remain objective, while providing an open government.” Osier will “continue to put the town and its’ residents first” and foster “respect, cooperation and inclusion to move North Smithfield forward.”