East Providences hires new Human Resources director


January 10, 2023




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Dir. of Communications

Patricia Resende

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East Providence Names Human Resources Director

Editor’s Note: Please see attached photo of Robert S. Perry


EAST PROVIDENCE, RI –East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva has appointed Robert S. Perry as the city’s new human resources director.


Perry will oversee all personnel matters in the city’s Human Resources Department.

In addition, Perry will be responsible for management training, recruitment, performance evaluation systems as well as contract negotiations. He will be responsible for addressing the Administration’s goals to update the city’s policies and procedures, IT infrastructure in HR and create a robust employee training program to train employees on supervisory and other skills.


“Mr. Perry’s more than 15 years in a leadership role as an administrator, principal and IT expert with vast experience in dealing with policies, procedures and education will be invaluable to the position of Human Resources director,” Mayor Bob DaSilva said. “Mr. Perry’s unique set of skills, education, and background will be a great fit for our team and the City of East Providence.”


Perry is principal at Riverside Middle School, where he has increased parent engagement, took a leading role in hiring teachers and staff, led a number district-wide curriculum efforts, and founded the RMS Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Perry will remain in his role as principal at Riverside Middle School until January 30, 2023. Perry is slated to take on his new role with the city in early February.


Before taking the lead at Riverside, Perry served as acting and assistant principal at Edward R. Middle School.


Perry served as a Latin teacher at East Providence, Barrington and Attleboro High Schools and adjunct lecturer at the University of Rhode Island.


“Having worked with families in East Providence over three decades, I understand the priorities of the people of our city and their expectations of government,” Robert Perry said. “I am really looking forward to helping to build on the same enthusiasm that Mayor DaSilva has brought to East Providence over the past four years.


“It is an exciting time to work in East Providence,” Perry added.


When Perry is not spending time with family, performing as a musician or on the slopes snowboarding, you can find him volunteering as a Little League, Youth Soccer and Youth Wrestling coach and serving on the Rhode Island Principal’s Committee on Athletics’ Board of Directors.


Perry earned his Doctorate of Education at Northeastern University, Master of Education at Providence College and Bachelor of Arts in classics at the University of New Hampshire.