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The City of Newport is seeking applicants to serve on a seven-member Charter Review Commission to help the City refine its municipal Charter.

The volunteer commission, which was last assembled in 2013, will be charged with reviewing the City Charter and making recommendations to the Council that would then be voted on by Newport residents at the ballot box.

Newport last convened a Charter Review Commission in 2013, however in an effort to ensure that the provisions of the Charter continue to meet the needs of Newport residents, City Councilors voted unanimously on Wednesday, Nov. 10th to once again form the advisory body before the end of the year.

All those interested in lending their time and talent are being asked to apply on-line or by mail by visiting the City’s Talent Bank at no later than Monday, Nov. 29th.

Applicants must by 18 years of age and be registered to vote in Newport.

The seven members of the Charter Review Commission are expected to be appointed by the Council at their Dec. 8th meeting.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.