Warwick has lost a legend in our city’s government, and the people have lost a champion.
Joe served as the clerk of the Board of Canvassers, Director of the Department of Human Services and his stalwart position representing Ward 8 – a post he held three separate times from 1977 to 1984, from 1990 to 1994 and then again from 2015 until his final year in 2018. Joe also worked at the Department of Business Regulations for the state of Rhode Island and served on the board of the Kent County Water Authority. He was a veteran of the Rhode Island Army National Guard.
Everyone who’s been around city government has a Joe Gallucci story that they’ll remember fondly.
I knew Joe for many years. He was soft spoken, but spoke eloquently and in an authoritative manner that compelled people to listen. He was always impeccably dressed and his hair coiffed perfectly.
Several days after I was elected, Joe sent me a beautiful fruit basket and enclosed a letter. In the letter he said that he had always believed that an Italian-American could never get elected in Warwick. He said he and his family were so proud of me for being the first.
Today I signed the attached Executive Order lowering the City flag in Joe’s honor until the day of his internment.
Rest in Peace Joe.