Council picks permanent replacement for indicted leader

December 22, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence City Council has sworn in the permanent replacement for its former president, who resigned the post after being indicted on embezzlement charges.

David Salvatore was the only candidate nominated to lead the 15-member council. He was sworn in after being officially elected Thursday.

Salvatore replaces acting President Sabina Matos, who had held the position on an interim basis since former President Luis Aponte stepped down in May. He has pleaded not guilty to embezzling from his campaign account and remains a member of the council.

Salvatore said he was honored to step into the position and promised to work with each member of the all-Democratic council.

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