|Name||A. Ralph Mollis|
North Providence, Rhode Island , United States
Sep 02, 2006 11:16pm
Caucasian - Italian - Portuguese -
Lifelong resident of Rhode Island. Second & third generation of Italian and Portuguese immigrants.
Raising his family in his hometown of North Providence.
Graduate of North Providence High School, 1979
Graduate of Saint Anselm College, 1983
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science,
with Minor Equivalency in English
Attended Southern New England School of Law,
1983 – 1985 Registered Investment Advisor and in
Investment Products (Series 6 & 63), 1996
Vice President / Director of Office Operations, LAMCO Pension and Investment Advisory Firm, 1983 - 1994
Responsible for Operations of New York, New Jersey
and Atlanta offices
New York Life, 1995 – 1996
Ferland Property Management, 1996
Town Councilman 1986 – 1992
Councilman-At-Large, 1992 – 1996
Town Council President 1993 – 1994
Mayor 1997 – present
Re-elected to Second Term in 2000 and Third Term in
2004 by overwhelming margins, successfully winning
each polling location in North Providence.
On January 5, 1997, A. Ralph Mollis was sworn into office for his first four-year term as Mayor of North Providence. Over the past 9 years, Mayor Mollis has been labeled as a hands-on, business oriented reformer with a long-range vision for his community. After serving as the sample community in 1995 for our current statewide “Optical Scan” voting equipment, Ralph immediately attended to ensuring all 18 of the community's polling places were handicapped accessible. The Board of Canvassers was awarded First Place from the National Organization on Disability for this accomplishment.
Under Mayor Mollis' leadership the town has become home to an outstanding school system. Two new Middle Schools were constructed and opened in 2002 and the newly renovated, state of the art High School received Accreditation as a shining example of outstanding high school education nationally.
In addition, the town has renovated and modernized it’s recreational facilities, completed an impressive Main Street Revitalization Program, become home to a new Post Office Park in the heart of Centredale and constructed a new, state of the art Senior Center which is the envy of the region.
Ralph's sound fiscal policies and financial success have been recognized by Standard & Poors, the world's foremost provider of independent credit ratinggs, as they increased the town's Bond Rating in June of 2001 and wrote “The towns financial operations are sound.” “…the town is on track to close with its sixth consecutive surplus in fiscal year 2003.” In addition, during Ralph’s tenure, the town has retired three bonds, balanced 7 consecutive Municipal Budgets from 1998 – 2004, reduced the town’s annual debt and eliminated an inherited deficit.
President, Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, 2003-2004
Chairman, Management Action Committee in charge of the clean up of the Woonasquatucket River and the reconstruction of the Allendale Dam.
Member, National League of Cities and Towns Finance, Administration, Intergovernmental Relations Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee and Small Cities Council.
Member, State of Rhode Island Public Finance Management Board.
Member, U.S. Conference of Mayors, serving on its Membership Committee, Arts, Culture & Recreation Committee and Community Development & Housing Committee.
Chairman, Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council State and Local Relations Committee.
Rhode Island Democratic State Committee, Executive Board.
Appointed to the Secretary of State’s Health Care Task Force.
Member, Coalition for Property Tax Relief and Educational Equity Committee
Founder and Co-chair of Safe Schools Task Force
Member, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board
The Giovanni Da Verrazzano Award for Outstanding Service to the Rhode Island Community, 2002
The Italo American Club Outstanding Public Service Award, 2000
The Portuguese American Citizens Committee of Rhode Island Government Award, 2005
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Merit Award, 2000
The Millenium Community Designation by the White House Council