Separate Senate committees gave initial approval Tuesday to two of Governor Gina Raimondo’s nominees to lead state agencies. Both of the nominees held positions in the Chafee administration.
In the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell won unanimous backing to remain the director of the state Department of Public Safety.
Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services heard Charles Fogarty explain why he wants to lead the state Division of Elderly Affairs. “For me the positive of director of DEA is not just another job, but the chance to continue with a mission and a commitment I feel very passionately about: helping all our seniors maintain a high quality of life, no matter what their age or limitations,” said Fogarty.
Fogarty, the former head of the state Department of Labor and Training, got unanimous support from the committee. The full Senate is expected to offer final approval for Fogarty and O’Donnell’s nominations later in the week.
Meanwhile, state Environmental Management director Janet Coit faces re-confirmation by a Senate committee Wednesday.
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