Nick Hemond: 16 to Watch in 2016 in RI
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hemond has previously served as an advisor and consultant for members of the Providence City Council and General Assembly, and has served as a City Solicitor for the City of Central Falls, prosecuting the city’s misdemeanor criminal cases in district court. Additionally, Hemond led the research and communications departments for the Democratic nominee for governor of Rhode Island in 2010. In 2013, Hemond served as legal counsel to the newly elected Mayor of Central Falls and worked to negotiate the transition of the City out of receivership and back to local governance.
Now, the question is whether Hemond will seek the President’s position on the Providence School Board — or a run for an elected position in the state.
"My focus is on working with our teachers, principals and families to ensure that we are creating an atmosphere that will address the needs of our students and ensure that they have the opportunity to succeed," said Hemond on Monday. Hemond did not answer whether or not he is actively seeking the President position.
"As for the work I do in and around the City, obviously I do not lobby the school department and never will. In the event that I ever had an issue that could raise the potential for a conflict then I would go about the appropriate process for disclosing the potential conflict to the ethics commission and recuse myself from the matter in accordance with state and local rules and regulations," said Hemond.