NORTH SMITHFIELD – After just over one year in the role, North Smithfield Building Inspector Larry Enright has resigned to take a position in a neighboring community.
Enright will take on a similar position for the town of Cumberland, finishing his last day in North Smithfield in the first week of August.
A Cumberland native, Enright was hired last April following the retirement of former building official Kerry Anderson, who held the job for five years.
“I really enjoyed working here. It wasn’t anything to do with that,” Enright told NRI NOW this week. “I just decided to make a move.”
Appointed last year by Town Administrator Paul Zwolenski, Enright boasts some three decades of experience in communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including more than 20 years in Woonsocket, where he was first hired as a sewer utilities worker in 1989.
Enright was Woonsocket’s zoning officer when he left the city in 2011 to take on a role as deputy zoning official in Smithfield. He served as senior state building code official for the state of Rhode Island from 2016-2018, and also worked in North Kingstown, before returning to Woonsocket in 2020.
“He’ll be greatly missed. He did a great job in the time he was with us,” Zwolenski said. “He’s moving to another community that’s offering a more attractive package.”
The administrator noted that it can be tough to retain talent for town roles that require certain qualifications.
“I’t’s a very competitive market out there for staff members who have certifications,” Zwolenski said.
Zwolenski said he hopes to have a new appointment to fill the role, “as soon as possible.”