NORTH SMITHFIELD – She led the town for four terms, and has spent the past six years working under now Gov. Dan McKee, starting her tenure when he served as lieutenant governor.
Now, former Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton has said she plans to retire from state service in the near future, and has been named the new executive director of the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative.
Hamilton will take on the position, leading the non-profit group dedicated to improving and promoting downtown Woonsocket, in March.
“I remember walking down Main Street, with my mom, every Saturday, to shop at Kornstein, Eleanor Winn, McCarthy’s and other bustling stores.”, Hamilton said. “I am pleased to have been selected to give back to the city where I was born.”
The organization has also announced the appointment of Adam Brunetti as chairperson, Margaux Morisseau as vice-chairperson, Garrett Mancieri as interim treasurer, and Geraldine Barclay-King as secretary.
“I am extremely grateful to the board for putting their faith in me,” Brunetti said. “I am proud to be an original member since we reformed this board in 2015, and I am so excited to continue the growth of our downtown area that we have seen since then.”
Hamilton previously worked as a corporate communications trainer before she was elected town administrator in North Smithfield in 2008. In 2016, she did not seek reelection and took a position as policy advisor and deputy chief of staff for the Lt. Gov. McKee, and has worked as municipal affairs director, and led special projects since he was appointed to replace former Gov. Gina Raimondo.
She’ll replace Garrett Mancieri, previously executive director of the volunteer board, which aspires to make Woonsocket a world-renowned destination by utilizing the city’s history, culture, and architecture.
“We are inspired and dedicated to bringing attention, appreciation, and excitement to our community,” notes the mission statement. “We want people to visit, work, shop, dine, drink, live, and love Woonsocket”.
“I’ll work with city government, state and federal partners, civic groups, small business owners and any individuals who have the passion for restoring the vibrancy to the Main Street area and overlay district,” Hamilton said of the new role. “It won’t get done in a day, but with the talent that exists, we have unlimited potential. With the foundation
that has been established and the great stores that currently occupy Main Street, along with exciting new projects in the works, I’m certain that working together will create results.”
Hamilton has also served as vice chairperson of North Smithfield’s Democratic Town Committee since the group re-organized last year.
The DWC board of directors is actively seeking new members. Interested parties are asked to reach out to Barclay-King at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by going to https://www.dwc02895.org/volunteer and filling out the form.