Director of Administration, Napoleon Gonsalves

Napoleon Gonsalves, who was appointed director of administration in January 2019, oversees the departments under the city’s Executive Branch of government. He reports directly to the mayor.
Prior to joining the city of East Providence, Gonsalves served as detective captain with the Pawtucket Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit where he oversaw everything from the Detective, Prosecution and Evidence units to internal disciplinary matters.

Before being named captain, Gonsalves spent six years working as the Office of Professional Standards Officer in Charge. In addition, Gonsalves developed planning and training programs, supervised municipal court and managed budgets.

Gonsalves, who is bilingual in Creole, enjoys giving back to the community. While at the police department he oversaw the Community Works program where he worked with the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, Leon Mathieau Senior Center and the school department. Gonsalves also volunteered during his free time when he served as a board member of the Capeverdean American Community Development organization where he was integral in reestablishing the organization.

Gonsalves served three years of honorable service in the U.S. Army and six years of honorable service in the U.S. Army Reserves. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.