Mayor Scott Avedisian has appointed Alfred DeCorte, who has served as building and zoning official for several Rhode Island communities during his 26-year career, as Warwick’s new Building Official. DeCorte succeeds Fred “Ted” Sarno, who retired this summer.
“Al DeCorte has a great deal of experience and is highly regarded by his peers throughout the state for his expertise, professionalism and commitment to public service,” Avedisian said in a statement. “I am very pleased to welcome him to Warwick, and I know he will do an exceptional job of improving operations and services in the Building Department to better serve our residents and businesses.”
DeCorte, who has served as the town of West Warwick’s building and zoning official for nearly four years, has also worked as an insurance reconstruction services project manager and consultant. For 17 years, he was the town of Smithfield’s building and zoning official. Prior to that, he served as the town of Lincoln’s assistant engineer and later as its building official.
A married father of three, DeCorte holds a degree from the Community College of Rhode Island and is attending the Facilities Manager program at Johnson & Wales University. He is an honorary member of the New England Building Officials Education Committee and past president and secretary of the Rhode Island Building Officials Association. He is a former member of the town of Glocester Zoning Board of Review and a past president and secretary of the Rhode Island Minimum Housing Inspectors Association. He also attends Annual International Code Council (ICC) meetings to vote on changes to Building Code.