DiChiro Will Be an Excellent Chief Magistrate, Vincent Mesolella, Guest MINDSETTER™

Thursday, January 10, 2019


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Vincent Mesolella is the Chairman of NBC

Rhode Island should count itself fortunate to have gained the experience of Michael DiChiro as a magistrate on the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

Contrary to the implications of a January 7 story in the Providence Journal (Former lawyer for Mattiello is selected as traffic court magistrate, by Katherine Gregg), Mike’s legal and judicial experience has both depth and breadth, honed from twenty years both in private practice and on the bench of the Municipal Court of Johnston.

That the Providence Journal chose to focus its story on his role in representing two legal cases involving House Speaker Mattiello rather than on Mike’s distinguished career is disappointing. The article which read like an opinion piece was supposedly a “news” article.

The reality is Mike is a deft litigator and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Rhode Island law.

I have known Mike for nearly three decades in my position as Chairman of the Board of the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC). He has served as a member of the Board for years.

And while all our Commissioners throughout the years have been dedicated public servants who have participated and contributed to the NBC’s success, when it comes to legal matters, I have come to rely on Mike’s professional acumen to help the NBC navigate the myriad issues we face in protecting Narragansett Bay. His contributions have benefitted not only all NBC ratepayers, but also every Rhode Islander who cares about clean water and public health.

Rhode Island waters are cleaner now than they were 150 years ago.

Mike’s unimpeachable personal character led to his appointment as Chair of the NBC Board’s Internal Ethics Committee, which he leads with the highest integrity. It is precisely Mike’s brand of intelligence, skill, and generous civic-mindedness that we as Rhode Islanders should seek and commend in our judiciary.

Vincent Mesolella is the Chairman, Narragansett Bay Commission


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