Public employee members are unsung heroes

NEARI state and municipal workers are part of the fabric that keeps Rhode Island running smoothly.

Meet your fellow municipal members

Municipal members represent an incredibly diverse population. As a local member in East Greenwich, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, or South Kingstown, you may:

  • provide administrative support in police stations, municipal utilities, municipal courts and highway departments
  • facilitate municipal planning and zoning
  • preserve historical districts and Rhode Island's heritage (and inspect the work, too)
  • work on the water as a harbormaster, or in the laboratory with water samples, as a chemist or microbiologist
  • ensure the safety of pubic sanitation
  • disseminate requests for proposals (RFPs) and unseal the bids looking for a winner
  • detail property taxes in your division of taxation
  • collect water bill payments
  • and, respond to any question from the public that might arise

Department of Health

Likewise, at the DOH you may work in public health education, community health equity, licensing and records, environmental health, policy and regulation, infectious disease control, emergency preparedness, laboratory services, or the medical examiner's office. What's your story? Email

Middletown Public Library

As one of 12 NEARI members at the Middletown library, you are keeping the institution alive and vibrant with a multitude of engaging community programs. National figures support the continuing value of libraries to the quality of American life. According to the American Library Association's (ALA) 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey, public libraries are working to remain current in response to the challenge of the digital age, and two-thirds of respondents agree that libraries are "important." About library services, the survey says:

  • 98% offer technology training
  • 97.5% offer free wireless internet access
  • 98.4% offer summer reading programs
  • 80% help with job applications, resumes, and interview skills
  • 99.5% offer education and learning programs



Alliance for Better Long Term Care

Congrats to Department of Health members who were honored this November by the Alliance for Better Long Term Care for their compassionate treatment of a nursing home resident. Joe Reppucci received the Mark A. Sjoberg Justice Award, and Jim Coyne, the annual Hero Award.

Access Your Member Benefits

Use the number on your membership card as your login for the Access Member Benefits program.

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99 Bald Hill Road
Cranston, RI 02920-2631

P: 401-463-9630
F: 401-463-5337

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