Providence’s First African American City Clerk Passes Away


Council to Name Michael Clement as City Clerk Emeritus

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Michael Clement, the first African American elected as clerk for
the City of Providence, has passed away. Clement began his career with the city as
Second Deputy Clerk in 1973. He rose through the ranks and became First Deputy Clerk
in 1979. In 1991, Clement was elected City Clerk and served in the role until he
retired in 2006.

“Mike was a lifelong resident of Providence,” said Council President Luis Aponte.
“He was a consummate public servant for 33 years, and his loved ones are in my
thoughts and prayers.”

“I had the privilege of working with Michael,” said Councilman John Igliozzi. “On
behalf of my ward, I offer my condolences to his friends and family.”

“He was a good man,” said Councilman Terrence Hassett. “He was very diligent, and he
ran the City Clerk’s office with great efficiency.”

On Thursday, April 21st, the City Council will issue a proclamation to his family
and a resolution will be introduced to honor Clement by posthumously naming him City
Clerk Emeritus.