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Mayor Elorza Appoints Diony Garcia, Dominican Republic Native & RWU Law Graduate to Housing Court

Garcia, a South Providence resident is a Providence Public Schools graduate, former Special Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Providence City Solicitor

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has appointed attorney Diony Garcia, Esq. as an Associate Judge on the Providence Housing Court. Garcia, who was born in the Dominican Republic, resides in South Providence and is an Associate Attorney with the Law offices of William J. Conley, Jr. His years of experience span service in public and private sectors, most notably as Special Assistant Attorney General with the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General and Assistant City Solicitor with the Providence City Solicitor’s Office.

“As a respected community leader and distinguished attorney, Diony offers the Housing Court a deep understanding of local issues and impressive legal expertise,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “His years of public service have prepared him for a role that is critical to improving the quality of life in Providence. I’m certain that he will apply his unique experience and insight to better serve the people of Providence in this capacity.”

Garcia is a product of the Providence public schools, graduating from Classical High School before attending the University of Rhode Island (URI). He earned his Juris Doctorate from Roger Williams University School of Law in May 2012.

Garcia has a strong record of community advocacy serving as Chair on the Advisory Board of the Latino Policy Institute (LPI) at Roger Williams University, Interim President the Rhode Island Hispanic Bar Association (RIHBA), Vice President of Millennial Rhode Island (MRI) and volunteer legal counsel for the Rhode Island Political Action Committee (RILPAC).

Garcia is the second appointee of Dominican descent to the Housing Court, following former Housing Judge and Providence’s 37th Mayor, Angel Taveras. His appointment must be vetted and confirmed by the Providence City Council prior to being sworn in.

The three-member Housing Court is responsible for hearing and determining all actions concerning violations of housing laws, building codes and zoning ordinances.