CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — Central Falls’ new mayor has been sworn in to office and pledges to work to end the receivership that took over the struggling city in 2010.
James Diossa (dee-OH'-suh) was sworn in Tuesday. The former councilman defeated former police chief Joseph Moran in a special election last month to become the city’s first Hispanic mayor.
The mayor and city council were relegated to advisory status after a state-appointed receiver stepped in to address the city’s fiscal crisis.
Diossa said in his inaugural address he wants to work with the state to return home rule ‘‘in the shortest order.’’ He calls on the city council to do the same.
The city officially exited municipal bankruptcy in October.
Previous mayor Charles Moreau (muh-ROH') resigned in September and agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge.