Residents of East Providence approve switch to mayor-council government

East Providence City Hall (WJAR)

Residents of East Providence voted Tuesday to change the way their city is run.

Voters approved changes to the home-rule charter to transfer power from a city manager appointed by City Council to an elected mayor. The current position of mayor is largely a figurehead.

The new mayor will take office in January 2019.

Two candidates already in next year's race: Nicholas Oliver, the executive director of the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care, and Robert DaSilva, a Pawtucket police captain and former Democratic state representative.

The mayor's term will be four years.

Of Rhode Island's eight cities, only East Providence and Newport have council-manager governments.

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