PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Attorney General-elect Peter Neronha doesn't plan to establish a formal transition team as he prepares to assume office at the start of the new year, a spokesman during the transition said.
"He will be directly involved in the transition process himself, and will be relying on the assistance of individuals who he believes can effectively inform and advise him in building an office that can implement his vision for the Office of Attorney General and effectively serve the people of Rhode Island," Blake Collins said in an email.
Collins said he and Ani Haroian, who served as the director of community relations under former Providence Mayors Angel Taveras and David Cicilline, will be assisting Neronha with the process.
Neronha's predecessors named teams to assist them as they prepared to take office. Current Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's transition was led by the late Edward Cooney, former chairman of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, and vice president and treasurer at Nortek.
Neronha and U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch on Thursday met with several senior staffers at Kilmartin's office.
Neronha will not retain Deputy Attorney General Gerald J. Coyne, who held the post for 20 years across three administrations; William Karalis, a former Pawtucket police captain who worked as chief of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Chief of Staff Ernest “Ernie” Carlucci; and spokeswoman Amy Kempe.