Thursday, May 28, 2020        

Town Government & Officials 

Smithfield Town Council Members (L to R): T. Michael Lawton,Town Council Vice-President; Suzanna L. Alba, Town Council President; Maxine Cavanagh, Town Council Member; Dina T. Cerra, Town Council Member; Sean M. Kilduff Town Council Member.


Smithfield Town Council Rules of Procedure

Since 1994, the Town of Smithfield has been administered under the Council/Manager form of government.  Partisan elections are held every two years to elect five Town Council members who select a Council President.  The Town Manager is appointed by the Smithfield Town Council to serve as the administrative head of the Town Government.  The Manager appoints all Department Directors, except the Town Clerk (Clerk of the Council) and the Town Solicitor.

The general administration of the Town’s School system is the responsibility of the School Committee within the provisions of powers and duties delegated in the Rhode Island General Laws.  The five member School Committee is elected at-large at regular Town Elections and serves four-year terms.  They also appoint the School Superintendent, who currently is Dr. Judith Paolucci.

The Town provides most traditional municipal services including police, fire, emergency rescue, planning, zoning, street maintenance, solid waste collection, recycling and recreation.  The Town also operates a water system serving about a third of the town in addition to two private water systems.  In addition, the Town maintains all sewer lines and pumping stations within the Town in accordance with the State of Rhode Island base plan, through its’ Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Smithfield is evolving into a major recreation provider with its 65-acre active park (Deerfield Park) which houses our very active Senior Center and  Veterans Memorial Park.  Additional recreation is available through the town-operated Smithfield Ice Rink and numerous other recreational parks and ponds.  It also operates two widely-used libraries and a Town Hall.

The Town Budget is approved by a Financial Town Meeting each June.  The Town employs approximately 490 full-time equivalent employees, including school department personnel. 

Boards & Commissions page


Smithfield Town Council Members 


Suzanna L. Alba, Smithfield Town Council President Suzanna L. Alba
Town Council President
85 Colwell Road
Smithfield, RI 02917
T. Michael Lawton, Smithfield Town Council Vice-President T. Michael Lawton
Town Council Vice-President
10 Sprague Street
Smithfield, RI 02828
Maxine Cavanagh, Smithfield Town Council Member Maxine Cavanagh
Town Council Member
251 Log Road
Smithfield, RI 02917
Dina T. Cerra, Smithfield Town Council Member Dina T. Cerra
Town Council Member
1 Thorpe St.
Smithfield, RI 02828
Sean M. Kilduff, Smithfield Town Council Member Sean M. Kilduff
Town Council Member
12 Calista Street
Smithfield, RI 02828


Smithfield Town Manager

  Randy R. Rossi, Smithfield Town Manager  
  Randy R. Rossi, MBA, CGFM
Town Manager
64 Farnum Pike
Smithfield, RI  02917

State Senator & Representatives


Sen. Stephen R. Archambault

Stephen R. Archambault
SEN. 22
195 Whipple Road
Smithfield, RI 02917


Rep. Gregory Costantino

Gregory Costantino
REP. 44
21 Greenwood Lane
Lincoln, RI 02865


Rep. Bernard A. Hawkins

Bernard A. Hawkins
REP. 53
22 Colwell Road
Smithfield, RI  02828