The high cost of local government in Rhode Island has forever been an issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why – even in a recession- our little state can’t make progress on consolidating municipal services.
It seemed like a smart and easy way for both Warwick and East Greenwich to save taxpayer money. In 2011, at the depth of the recession, leaders of the two communities got together to see if they could merge fire dispatch services in a way that would incorporate new technologies and save money.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has severed ties with its CEO. Charles Odimgbe has agreed to leave the transit agency after months of being on paid administrative leave.
According to a separation agreement between Charles Odimgbe and RIPTA, Odimgbe’s last day with the agency was December 27th. He will receive a severance payment of $130,000 plus compensation for any unused sick or vacation time.
Odimgbe was placed on paid administrative leave in August after a video camera was found covered up in a room where cash is handled.