About Us

We believe that our relationships with our employer partners and candidates are what define our professional integrity. 

It is our mission to create lasting relationships based on trust and open communication.  Every time you call City Personnel, you will receive top caliber, personalized service.  We get to know you and your needs in order to understand and exceed your expectations.



To provide world class staffing solutions and superior customer service to the companies we serve and the candidates we represent.



To be the most trusted and preferred staffing partner in the communities we serve throughout Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.

Our Core Values


We are open, honest, and transparent in our communications and everything we do.


We are a resourceful group of individuals who are creative and imaginative when solving staffing challenges.


We work hard at developing long-lasting relationships with our clients and job candidates based on trust, collaboration, and participation.


We encourage diversity, treasure authenticity, and respect everyone's opinions.


We’re an empowered group of individuals that truly celebrate our achievements as a team.

Customer Service Excellence

We are committed and will go the extra mile to deliver a positive experience each and every time.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy

As a minority-owned, woman-owned local business, we strive for a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected no matter their gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, age, and education or disability. We are committed to following this mission and creating equal opportunities for employment and advancement in all fields.
To learn more, check out our updated Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

Our Team

Dawn Apajee


Founder/ President

After her graduation from the London School of Economics, Dawn blazed a trail through the recruitment industry in the UK by running one of the most profitable Temporary Staffing Divisions in London. She moved to the U.S. and worked as Sales Executive at one of the country’s leading employment agencies, Adecco, in Chicago, IL. Among her many achievements was her national recognition as Top Sales Executive for the country in 1999. In 2006, she started City Personnel with the intention of providing top talent to businesses in RI and Southern MA. Dawn brings close to 30 years of experience to her current role as Founder/President/Recruiter, where she works with a team of professional recruiters who share her passion and commitment to staffing. This shared enthusiasm is driven by the desire to develop long-lasting and trusting relationships with companies and job seekers.

Dawn enjoys traveling and spending time with her 2 children, Jess & Danny. She lives in Cranston with her husband Deven, and their adorable 4-legged fur baby, Theo.

Amanda Hernandez


Recruitment & Operations Manager

Born into a big family and raised in Providence, Amanda discovered early on that she enjoyed connecting with people! During her final semester at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, she interned at the White House, where she quickly learned about the importance of networking and building relationships. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a minor in Business Management, she determined that she wanted a career where she could combine her education, passion for helping others, and interest in Human Resources to bridge the gap between the employer and the employee! Amanda’s previous experience as a Sales & Operations Coordinator is what drove her to City Personnel. Working behind the scenes and advocating on behalf of her clients made her want to be on the frontlines, so what better way to do that than assisting people in the next chapter of their careers? Always striving for personal and professional development, she knew that City Personnel would allow her to pivot her career. She joined our team in 2020 as a Recruitment Coordinator but soon grew into her new role as City Personnel’s Recruitment & Operation Manager.

Amanda, her husband Cornelio, and their new puppy Lila love anything that has to do with being outside! They go charter fishing, play softball & kickball and try to travel as often as they can!

Megan Atkins


Recruitment Specialist

Megan obtained her degree from Bryant University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a dual minor in Human Resources and Spanish. During her time at Bryant, she spent a semester traveling throughout Europe, where she began developing a fondness for meeting new people and helping others. Upon graduation, Megan decided to pursue a career in Human Resources rather than Accounting, as she felt she could make a real difference in peoples’ lives. Recruitment gives Megan an opportunity to advocate for others and use her education to build meaningful relationships with both candidates and clients.

Megan loves to travel, read, and spend time outdoors in her free time. She also enjoys spending time with her family and trying new local restaurants.

Adamary Liranzo


Recruitment Coordinator

As a Year Up Alumni, Adamary gained valuable training and experience that has allowed her to thrive in the workforce. With a strong desire for personal and professional growth, she is constantly looking for new ways to develop her skill set and give back to her fellow Year Up family. City Personnel allows her to build and maintain relationships with our temporary employees while assisting them in their professional careers with advice, resource tools, and more. She is currently enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island studying Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and is anticipated to graduate next year!

Adamary loves traveling, trying new foods, and sharing unforgettable experiences with her loved ones.



Recruitment Administrator

Erin is a Rhode Island native who moved to Nevada during her youth and discovered her creative side as she ventured outdoors. Upon returning, Erin attended the Community College of RI where she studied Fine Arts and Photography, which led to a passion for working with people and perfecting her customer service experience. This led her to nonprofit work, where she taught youth leadership skills. Erin started a family and searched for a way to balance work while still being able to enjoy motherhood. Her love for connecting with people led Erin to City Personnel where she supports the team in helping candidates find the best fit for their skills!

Erin loves being outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her husband and son as she photographs their many adventures!

Zach Gagnon


Marketing Manager

As a graduate of Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a minor in Graphic Design, Zach’s goal has always been to work with small businesses to help them grow their presence through marketing. After a few years of working with businesses throughout the country and helping them grow into top companies in their respective industries, Zach joined our team in 2020 to help us grow our online presence as the top staffing agency in Providence, RI. His passion for learning and developing his marketing and design techniques makes him a valuable team member.

Zach is a born and raised Rhode Islander who loves designing websites and playing Fantasy Football in his free time! He also enjoys traveling and hanging out with friends.

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