At the end of June Director of Rhode Island’s Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA), Charles J. Fogarty plans his retirement at the end of the current legislative session, ending over four decades of public service. Fogarty has served as DEA’s ninth director.
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo will make an appointment to the DEA director position that requires advice and consent of the Rhode Island Senate.
Fogarty, 62, began his public service career in 1978 serving as a junior policy advisor for
Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy. He served as Lieutenant Governor, from 1999 to 2007, having the distinction of being the last lieutenant governor to preside over the Rhode Island. From 2011 to 2015, he served as the director of the Department of Labor and Training where he reformed the unemployment insurance process, ultimately ending up his career as the Director of DEA. As Director (since January 2015), Fogarty has led a division providing services and advocacy for over 166,500 older adults living in Rode Island.
A Vocal Advocate for Seniors
“According to the Gov. Raimondo, , as Lt. Governor, Fogarty was one of the most vocal advocates for the state’s seniors who played a key role in steering and expanding the work of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council. As DEA’s Director, he expanded support for Meals on Wheels also playing an important role in repealing the tax that older taxpayers paid on their Social Security, she says.
“Fogarty has been a close and trusted colleague,” says Governor Raimondo, noting that he has dedicated his entire professional life to serving Rhode Island.”
Adds Eric J. Beane, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Fogarty has left his mark on Rhode Island. “His commitment to enriching the lives of people of Rhode Island has been unwavering, and the foundation he leaves at the Division of Elderly Affairs will continue to preserve their independence.”
As a Glocester resident he was elected to the Glocester Town Council in 1984 and in 1990 was elected as a state senator, where he served for eight years. While a state senator, he served as both majority whip and Senate President Pro Tempore.
After his retirement, Fogarty will continue to serve on the faculty at Johnson & Wales University, as Adjunct Professor of Leadership Studies. He also plans to become a volunteer at Meals on Wheels, having seen the significant impact the home-delivery meal program has on reducing senior isolation. He will also continue to be actively involved at his church.
On a personal level, Fogarty plans to “learn to cook,” by enrolling in cooking classes, travel and perhaps learn to speak Spanish.