Office of the Director

Thomas Verdi, Director

Thomas Verdi

Thomas Verdi is Director of the Department. Appointed by Governor Dan McKee in June 2023, Verdi oversees the Department’s six divisions: Central Collections, Lottery, Motor Vehicles, Municipal Finance, Revenue Analysis and Taxation. In that capacity, he is responsible for the proper functioning of Rhode Island state government through the collection and distribution of state revenue, operation of the state lottery, and administration of laws governing driver licensing, motor vehicle sales and motor vehicle registration. Prior to his appointment, Verdi served with the Providence Police Department for 35 years, retiring as Commander and Deputy Chief of Police. Verdi holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. In 2016, he graduated from the FBI Academy where he served as class president. He serves on numerous commissions and boards, including the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association and the Providence Sports & Leadership and Reentry Campus Program.


Bradford Booth, Head of Legal Services

Bradford Booth

Bradford S. Booth, Esq. is head of the Department’s legal services. In that capacity, Booth provides legal services to the Director and the Department's six divisions: Lottery, Motor Vehicles, Municipal Finance, Revenue Analysis, Taxation, and Central Collections. Prior to joining the Director’s Office, he served as Chief of Legal Services for the Division of Motor Vehicles. He was in private practice in Connecticut before entering public service. Booth holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Colby College and a juris doctorate degree from William & Mary. 




Jane Cole, Chief of Staff / Chief Financial Officer

Jane Cole

Appointed in November 2015, Jane Cole serves as the chief of staff and chief financial officer for the department.  In that role, Cole acts as a liaison between Revenue and other departments to implement projects.  She is also responsible for preparing and monitoring the department’s budgetary priorities. Cole joined state service in 2005 and spent the first ten years of her career working in human service agencies. Cole received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nichols College.




Paul Grimaldi, Chief/Program Development 

Paul Grimaldi

Appointed in November 2015, Paul Grimaldi serves as the chief of information and public relations for the department. Prior to entering state government service, Grimaldi was a staff writer for The Providence Journal specializing in economic development, the casino industry and taxation issues. He spent more than 25 years in the communications industry, including positions with digital media outlets and a public relations agency.