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Town of Barrington Announces New Town Manager

The Town of Barrington announced today that, by unanimous vote of the Town Council, Mr. James J. Cunha of Barrington has been appointed as the new Town Manager effective October 15, 2016.

Mr. Cunha comes to the Town with a wealth of experience having retired from the Navy after 30 years. His impressive career includes working for the Chief of Naval Operations as his Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Branch Head where he oversaw the Navy’s strategic antiterrorism program, and emergency services across 14 installations and six states. During his tenure with the Navy he was awarded numerous personal and military awards for significant achievement including 4 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, 1 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and 1 Expeditionary Service Medal.

Originally from Rumford, Mr. Cunha spent the last 4 years as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport.

“I’m humbled and honored to have been selected for the positon, and look forward to serving the people of Barrington” said Jim Cunha as he accepted the position offered by President June Sager Speakman on behalf of the Town Council.

Mr. Cunha received his Bachelor of Science in Resource Development and Education from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Education from Troy University and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.He has two sons and lives in Barrington with his wife Josie.

Councilman Mike Carroll said “We’re very excited that Mr. Cunha has accepted the position. When we began this process, his resume stood out from the others for me. His experience and the recognition he’s received for exceptional leadership impressed me, and that impression was confirmed through this process. I believe Barrington is lucky to have as our new Town Manager a man who has dedicated his life to public service, and I know he’ll serve our Town well.”

The Town of Barrington is a partner in the Rhode Island Energy Challenge: Find Your Four.

You can join the Rhode Island Energy Challenge by signing up and taking four simple energy actions in your home to save money and energy. One action, signing up for an energy audit, can provide you with many energy-saving ideas and freebies. There are other energy saving tips on the web site below.

Here’s how you can join the Challenge:

  1. Go to and enter your name/email/town.

  2. Under “Affiliation” make sure you select “Town of Barrington”.

  3. Get the whole household to sign up and start saving energy and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same.

  4. Email  if you can assist in signing up 10 more residents.

Then start “finding your four.”

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  • Barrington Times - Town Manager, Letter to the Editor

    • Chapter 161, Article II (Snow and Ice Removal) Attachment

  • Winter Preparedness

    • Make a Kit, Make a Plan, Stay Informed, Winter Vehicle Preparedness, Heat Safety, and Extreme Cold Preparedness- please view attachment

  • Limited Winter Parking: Parking Ban, Ordinance 179-6 - No parking on public roads during snowstorm after a snowfall of one inch has occurred for a period of 12 hours after a snowfall of at least one inch has occurred.

  • Reminder: Sidewalk Ordinance. Please note the Town has a new Ordinance 164-5 requiring any person having care of a building or house where there is a paved sidewalk in front to remove the snow by 6 PM the day following any snow storm.
    For every day that the snow shall remain on a sidewalk, such owner, occupant or any person having the duty to care for the property shall pay a fine of not more than $50.00/day.

If you claim a physical hardship and are incapable of removing the snow or lack financial means to pay for snow removal, you may apply for a hardship waiver from this article with the Director of the Department of Public Works. Please call 247-1907 if you have any questions.

We ask for your cooperation in this matter of safety, especially of those residents near our local schools and businesses with walk-in customers.

  • Warming Center Information for Barrington Residents

Barrington Public Library: 281 County Rd
Monday to Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
Friday & Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM

For Barrington residents seeking warming centers outside of above hours please contact 401-437-3930.

For more information, please view State of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency at