Your City Council

Like many other New England communities, Newport operates under a Home Rule Charter, which was adopted in 1953, and provides for a City Council - City Manager form of government.  Every two years, Newport voters are asked to elect a seven-member City Council, comprised of four At-Large seats and three Ward representatives.

The Council is headed by a Chairperson, who is elected by the majority and also holds the title of Mayor.  All legislative powers of the City are vested in the City Council by the Charter, including the ordering of any tax, making appropriations, and transacting any other business pertaining to the financial affairs of the City. 
In addition to their regular duties, Councilors are also assigned positions to serve as liaisons to various boards and commissions. These liaison assignments are an important part of creating a sense of cohesion among the City's various volunteer-led bodies.  

City Council Meetings

The City Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in  the City Council Chambers, located on the Second Floor of Newport City Hall. Pre-meetings are held at 6:20 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Room.  During the months of November and December, the schedule may be altered due to the holiday season.\

In addition to livestreaming on the City's website, the Council's regular Wednesday night meetings are first aired on COX Cable channel 18 at 8 PM the following night and then aired throughout the duration until the next meeting.  Start times are approximate and depend on preceding program lengths. The schedule is listed on COX Cable Channel 17.  For special meetings and workshops, please check the program schedule on COX Channel 17.

Meet Your City Councilor

Find out who represents your Ward & meet your at-large councilors

Email the Council

Send an email to the City Council
(See below for individual Council contact information)

Upcoming Meetings

Search upcoming meeting notices, view agendas, and watch it all online

Our Current Budget 

Learn about the City's annual spending plan

Watch Council Meetings Online

Search upcoming meeting notices, view agendas, and watch it all online

Mayor's Office

Learn about the role of Newport's mayor

Meet your City Councilors

Xaykham (Xay) Khamsyvoravong  

Councilor At Large, Council Chair & Mayor
43 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840

Liaison Appointments: Aquidneck Island Planning Commission

City Hall:  (401) 845-5436

Lynn Underwood Ceglie

Vice Chair, At-Large Councilor
36 Tilden Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

Liaison AppointmentsCity Council/School Liaison Committee, Edward King House Senior Citizens Center, Newport Partnership for Families, Tourism Marketing District, Newport Spring Project Committee

City Hall:  (401) 845-5494
Cell: (401) 556-4490


Jeanne-Marie Napolitano

At-Large Councilor
34 Malbone Road
Newport, RI 02840

Liaison AppointmentsEast Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP), Miantonomi Park Commission, Military Affairs Liaison – US Navy, Newport Housing Authority

Home: (401) 439-4240
City Hall:  (401) 845-5493

Mark D. Aramli 

At-Large Councilor
17 JT Connell Highway
Newport, RI 02840

Liaison Appointments: Edward King House Senior Citizens Center, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, 

Cell 401 236-4994
City Hall: (401) 845-5499


Angela McCalla

First Ward Councilor 
203 Hillside Avenue
Newport, RI  02840

Liaison Appointments: Affirmative Action Commission, Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, Energy & Environment Commission, Military Affairs Liaison – US Navy, Newport County Chamber of Commerce Liaison, Tree & Open Space Commission

Cell:  (401) 290-8370
City Hall:  (401) 845-5497

Charles M. Holder

Second Ward Councilor
53 Berkeley Ave
Newport, R.I. 02840

Liaison Appointments: Hospitality Commission, Newport Beach Commission, Newport County Chamber of Commerce Liaison, Tourism Marketing District, Newport Prevention Coalition  

Cell:  401-236-7098
City Hall:  (401) 845-5498

David Carlin III

Third Ward Councilor
3 Rose Street
Newport, RI 02840

Liaison Appointments:  Brenton Point Committee, City Council/School Liaison Committee, Cliff Walk Commission, East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP), Fort Adams Foundation, Legislative/State  Liaison, Newport Beach Commission, Newport Public Education Foundation, Newport Public Library 

City Hall:  (401) 845-5495 
Cell:  401 862-5027

Council News

Learn More about the Council's Strategic Plan

Learn More about the Council's Strategic Plan

The City Council is beginning the process of updating its Strategic Plan and we want to hear from YOU!

We're just getting started and if you'd like to learn more about the Council's current Strategic Plan and the process to developing a new vision for the next five years, please be sure to visit our dedicated website by clicking here 

You can also read up on the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan by clicking the link below!
2017-2021 Strategic Plan

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Review the Easton's Beach Condition Report

Review the Easton's Beach Condition Report

City Councilors met for a special workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 15th to discuss the current condition of the Easton's Beach complex. 

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Volunteer to Serve through the City's Talent Bank!

Volunteer to Serve through the City's Talent Bank!

Are you interested in getting more involved in the community? We're always on the lookout for volunteers to serve on our various Boards, Commissions, and Authorities!

Whether you're interested in bike and pedestrian safety, Newport Harbor, or Historic Preservation, there's more than likely a board or commission that could benefit from your involvment. Click below to learn more about our Boards and Commissions and to download an application.  

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