RIPEC Announces Winners of 2018 Public Service Awards

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RIPEC Announces Winners of 2018 Public Service Awards

Providence, R.I. (September 26, 2018) The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council today announced the recipients of its 43rd annual public service awards. The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated sustained superior performance in the service of the Rhode Island taxpayer; fiscal responsibility and business acumen; a record of integrity and devotion to public service; personal initiative and resourcefulness; and diligence and productivity.

The Robert M. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award, which recognizes an outstanding local employee, will be presented to Providence Chief of Police Colonel Hugh Clements. Clements has been a member of the Providence Police Department for 33 years, rising through the ranks from night Patrol Officer to Chief and the rank of Colonel. Chief Clements’ leadership is characterized by a strong commitment to community building and community engagement.  For example, he developed the Community Relations Bureau to serve as a liaison between the police department and the community in order to build, maintain and strengthen relationships between the Providence Police and the community they serve.  The Bureau devotes specific resources to this mission, and supports working together with community crime watch partners, strengthening police relationships with Providence youth through an inner-city mentoring program with Providence officers, and facilitating the Chief in working with the Providence Police Advisory Board members on a variety of issues and concerns throughout the community.  

The Gary S. Sasse Distinguished Public Service Award, which recognizes an outstanding state employee, will be presented to Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit. Coit has served as Director of RIDEM since 2011. She is an excellent steward of taxpayer dollars, initiating multiple Lean Government initiatives that ultimately served to improve the culture of customer service at RIDEM while also increasing the state’s return on investment and preserving Rhode Island’s vital environmental resources.  Director Coit also developed three Green Bonds during her tenure (2012, 2014, 2016), providing millions of dollars for open space, recreation, farmland, bike paths, water pollution remediation, and the creation of a new state grant program for brownfield remediation.  

Paula Twidale, Chair of the Public Service Award Selection Committee said, "The integrity and dedication to public service demonstrated by both of this year’s distinguished award recipients makes them an asset to Rhode Island, and we are proud to honor them at this year’s Annual Meeting.”

The awards will be formally presented at RIPEC’s 75th Annual Meeting on October 1, 2018. Attendees of the annual meeting will hear a keynote address from author and journalist Bob Woodward as well as remarks from Governor Gina Raimondo, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello. The event is being held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, starting with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Woodward’s keynote address is expected to begin at 7:00 p.m.