Bill Sequino Manages By Being Man Of The People

Photo by Bob Plain, courtesy of EG Patch.

Congrats to Bill Sequino, who is celebrating 25 years as East Greenwich’s town manager.

He’s one of my favorite public officials I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with as a reporter … You’ve got to respect a guy who has a better relationship with any given public works employee than with the any number of town councils over the years, but has still managed to survive on the job for a quarter of a century.

How did Sequino do it, you ask?

“I do my best work in the grocery store,” he told EG Patch last week and the Providence Journal today.

Really, that’s only a fraction of where Sequino does his best work. You can find him at the town dump on any given Saturday and he used to play in a weekly card game at the local fireman’s club. Sequino loves all the stuff about East Greenwich that makes us a small, tight-knit community. His success stems from the fact that he is a man of the people.

Sequino clearly loves this town, and he is a big presence in the community. I’m guessing that’s not the case with every town manager in Rhode Island, but it is a giant help in being a successful public servant. He may have been raised in Warren, but if you cut Bill Sequino open he would surely bleed crimson.

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Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

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