John C. Klimm, Town Administrator
Telephone: (401) 683-3255
Fax: (401) 683-6804
2200 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
Mr. John C. Klimm holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Boston College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. Mr. Klimm previously served as the Town Manager of Barnstable MA for 12 years and prior to becoming Town Manager, was an elected state legislator for 8 years, served as a Selectman in Barnstable and as the Southeast Regional Director for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.
The Town Administrator is appointed by the Town Council and is the head of the administrative branch of town government (see generally Article III of the Home Rule Charter of the Town of Portsmouth).
John O. Thayer served as Portsmouth's first Town Administrator from 1973 to 1990. Robert G. Driscoll succeeded Mr. Thayer as Town Administrator of Portsmouth and served from 1990 to 2011.
According to the Portsmouth Home Rule Charter, Section 304.j., "j. The Town Administrator shall publish an annual report that presents all aspects of Portsmouth town and school activities. The document should include, but not be limited to: town and department budgets, performance, activities and progress related to: schools, police, fire and public works, volunteerism, committees and boards; employee headcount by department and employee awards and citations. The report is intended to communicate to the citizens of Portsmouth the "state of the town"."
Fiscal year 2013 is the first year that this annual report was due and prepared. Click here to see the Town's first annual report.