Finlay announces retirement from town government

Smithfield Town Manager Dennis Finlay announced his retirement on Jan. 4, effective sometime this spring in May or June.

Finlay has held a variety of posts in town government for 29 years and assured the Town Council in his announcement that he will work for a smooth transition for the new town manager to be selected by the council.

His announcement in part:

“It has been an honor to serve the Town of Smithfield for the past 29 years. During the past years I have served in multiple capacities, most concurrently as Tax Collector, Finance Director, Purchasing Agent, Auditor, part-time Personnel Director, Insurance Broker, Budget Analyst, Asset Management Agent, acting Town Manager on several occasions, and permanent Town Manager. In addition, I have served on a multiple of ad-hoc and special committees.

“Now is the time for Renee and me to experience retirement and enjoy life.”