Daniel Beardsley

Susan Greenhalgh

Daniel Beardsley is retiring this month after almost three decades at the helm of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns. The league advocates for the municipalities at the Statehouse. Beardsley said the top problems they face today are about the same as they were 30 years ago.

Beardsley will be succeeded as head of the League of Cities and Towns by Deputy State Budget Officer Brian Daniels.

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Want to get a sense of why Rhode Island is unlikely to see anytime soon the consolidation of fire services in communities -- like Coventry, Lincoln, and Burrillville -- that each have a handful of local fire districts?

Consider these two points:

Speculation continues about whether a settlement will emerge from closed-door pension mediation as soon as next week.

The head of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, Daniel Beardsley, is worried that a settlement could hike pension costs for communities by more than $100 million. The league outlines its concerns in a new white paper. But as Beardsley says, it remains unclear if the General Assembly will be receptive to approving a settlement.