(Extensions of Remarks - June 26, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1139]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                        HON. WILLIAM R. KEATING

                            of massachusetts

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  Mr. KEATING. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Stephen Rollins 
upon his retirement after twenty-five years of public service as Town 
Administrator and Town Manager of Hanover.
  Mr. Rollins' career in public service began in 1973 when he worked 
for the Illinois Department of Local Government Affairs following his 
graduation from The University of Vermont. Since then, he has proved 
himself to be an innovative and efficient administrator in a variety of 
public service roles. He was a leader in the centralization of the 
Hanover town government, and was instrumental in streamlining the 
town's process for grants and expenditures. Mr. Rollins has received 
national recognition for his work on Hanover's health plan and local 
praise for his simplification of the town's yearly budget.
  As town administrator, Mr. Rollins demonstrated his flexibility and 
leadership ability. Not only were these characteristics seen in the 
day-to-day operations of local government, but they were also evident 
in crisis situations--perhaps, most memorably, when Hanover's town hall 
was severely damaged in a fire. As de facto contractor overseeing the 
town hall's renovations, Mr. Rollins repeatedly demonstrated his 
ability to improvise and assume unconventional roles when necessary. It 
was therefore very fitting when he was given the title of Town Manager 
in August of 2010, and became the town's first person to occupy this 
position. In his role as a representative of Hanover, Mr. Rollins 
typified the best of what the town has to offer. Always putting the 
community first, he dedicated his career to making local government 
work for the people.
  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to honor Stephen Rollins on this remarkable 
occasion. I ask that my colleagues join me in wishing him a wonderful 
retirement and many years of happiness, as well as in thanking him for 
working tirelessly to build the town of Hanover into the beautiful 
community we know today.