Providence road renamed in honor of former Commissioner
By Alana Cerrone
A former Providence Public Safety Commissioner now has a permanent ‘memorial' in his name.
City officials dedicated ‘Service Road Seven' in the honor of former Public Safety Commissioner John J. Partington Monday morning.
Service Road Seven runs parallel to 95 and alongside the Providence Public Safety Complex. The Council approved the renaming back in January, and was officially renamed as of today. Signs now read "John J. Partington Way".
Partington had a long career in the United States Marshal Service, and was Providence's longest-serving public safety commissioner. He died in 2006.
Council President Solomon said of Partington, "He was a shining example of what a police officer and a public servant should be. From walking the beat in his native Cumberland, to developing the federal witness protection program, to serving as Providence's Commissioner of Public Safety, his entire career was dedicated to protecting others."
Hassett said, "It is incredibly rare to find an individual with the qualities of Commissioner Partington. He was a dedicated, diligent, and forward-thinking man, always looking for new ways to improve himself and his community. Providence was lucky to have him as our public safety commissioner."
Former mayors Vincent A. Cianci, Jr. and Joseph R. Paolino, Jr., --both of whom Partington served under—participated at the ceremony. Joining them was Retired Fire Chief James Rattigan, Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.