Central Falls Mayor James Diossa is appointing Matthew Jerzyk, formerly deputy city solicitor in Providence, as city solicitor in Central Falls, effective January 6.
Jerzyk, a graduate of Brown University and Roger Williams University Law School, recently launched his own law practice in Providence. That came amid changes in Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' administration at City Hall, including the departure of Jerzyk and deputy chief of staff Arianne Lynch.
The move to hire Jerzyk in Central Falls was first reported by the Providence Journal.
As deputy solicitor in Providence, Jerzyk helped develop with Solicitor Jeff Padwa a nuisance task force to clean up city neighborhoods, an affirmative litigation unit to bring in new revenue, and a legislative unit to review, write and analyze city ordinances. He also successfully defended the city's anti-tobacco ordinances in federal court.
Jerzyk has advised a series of campaigns and candidates, including Diossa, who took office last year as the first Latino mayor in predominantly Latino Central Falls. Jerzyk was the founder of the Rhode Island's Future blog.