St. Onge named finance director in North Smithfield

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – A man from Cranston who previously worked for the state Department of Revenue has been named finance director for the town of North Smithfield.

Antony St. Onge was named to the position by Town Administrator Paul Zwolenski following an interview process, and introduced to members of the Town Council on Monday, March 6.

“He has 13 communities that submit their budgets to him for review,” said Zwolenski. “He’s going to be overseeing that here. His resume is extremely impressive.”

St. Onge earned a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Rhode Island in 2019, and has worked for the Rhode Island Department of Revenue as state aid and finance specialist since March of 2021, according to his resume. He previously worked for Citizen’s Bank as a licensed banker.

He’ll replace Cynthia DeJesus, who resigned from the role in January to take a job with the state after more than five years as finance director for the town.

“I’m very excited to start working for North Smithfield,” St. Onge said Monday. “If you had asked me three or four weeks ago if I planned on leaving the state I would have told you, ‘no.’ I’m looking forward to working with all of the Town Council, and with everyone.”

The new finance director noted that review of other municipal budgets was part of his prior role with the state.

“That usually consists of overseeing the audit at the end of the year, the budget to actualls, adopted budget surveys, five year forecast, approval of the tax rate, the budget…,” he said. “There’s a bunch of different things that we do. And then, of course, we work with the tax collector as well.”

“Thanks for joining is,” Councilor Paulette Hamilton said to Zwolenski’s new hire.

St Onge’s first day in his new role in North Smithfield will be on Monday, March 13.

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