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Governor Chafee Announces Staffing Changes Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that Steven T. Hartford, who was the Special Advisor for Policy and Legislative Affairs, has been named Director of Policy for the Office of the Governor. "Steve has been a great addition to my staff. He is a proven leader, and I have the utmost confidence in him," Governor Chafee said. The post was previously held by Kelly Mahoney, who has taken a job with the gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell. Steven T. Hartford, a graduate of Fairfield University, received his J.D., cum laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Prior to taking over the duties of Westerly's Town Manager from 2009-2013, he was the town solicitor, 1996-98, 2000-02 and 2004-09. He served as Board Chairman of the federal Wyatt Detention Facility between 2011 and 2013. He has volunteered his time to community service as a member of various Boards including the Westerly Education Endowment Fund, Greater Westerly/Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce, Westerly Adult Day Care Center and Westerly Hospital Parent Company.

Hartford tapped to oversee troubled Coventry fire district. Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and Rosemary Booth Gallogly, director of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, today announced the appointment of former Westerly Town Manager Steven Hartford as the receiver for the Central Coventry Fire District (CCFD). The appointment comes as Judge Stern has ordered the district to liquidate its assets to pay its creditors by May 16. Recently passed legislation expands the state Fiscal Stability Act to give the Director of Revenue the authority to name a receiver to oversee the finances of a local fire district. The Central Coventry Fire District has been under court supervision since October 2012 with Richard J. Land as the court-appointed Special Master. He has been overseeing the district’s finances. “This is a critical public safety issue, and I feel strongly that Steve will act swiftly in this effort to stabilize the Central Coventry Fire District,” Governor Chafee said. “He has been working with the fire district for the past three months, and he understands the issues. He is an attorney, and he recently was the manager of a large municipality. I believe he is well-suited for this task.” “My staff has worked in the past to restructure government obligations in order to produce sustainable budgets,” Booth Gallogly said. “While it is unfortunate that state intervention is necessary, we will work with Steve as a Receiver to develop a five-year plan for the district that addresses the accumulated debts.” “I am ready to take on this challenge, and I am prepared to devote the necessary time to see this through to a successful conclusion,” Governor Chafee’s Policy Director Hartford said. “This issue is an important one for the Governor, and I appreciate that the Governor has confidence in me.” Hartford will be on loan from the Governor’s office and will be working closely with the finance and legal professionals at the Department of Revenue. He will not earn any additional reimbursement for his role as Receiver, and he will continue to be paid from the Office of the Governor’s budget. Governor Chafee added, “During my administration, I have loaned several talented, high-level state employees to take on critical temporary assignments with great success. I have full confidence in Steve.” Governor Chafee complimented Land’s work on behalf of the residents of Coventry. He said, “I personally thank Richard for the time, energy and dedication he put in to try and avoid imminent liquidation.”

When Gov. Lincoln Chafee called Steven Hartford to explore whether he was interested in joining his Executive Council, the former Westerly town manager did not deliberate for long. “It really seemed like I was being called to serve and I didn’t even hesitate to say ‘yes,’” Hartford said during an interview Thursday. On Jan. 24, Chafee announced that he was appointing Hartford to serve as special adviser for policy and legislative affairs. In his new role Hartford, who will earn $110,000 per year, said he would be one of the governor’s staff attorneys, helping “to pull the levers that will implement the strategies of the governor.” Hartford resigned his post as town manager on Aug. 1. He had held the position since early 2009. Counting his three separate tenures as town solicitor, one term as an elected member of the council and his tenure as manager, Hartford has about 15 years of experience in government work. “I’m really lucky to be here. This is a great opportunity for me and hopefully I can make Westerly proud. I enjoy the public sector. I’ve been involved for nearly 15 years. It’s an area of work that I really enjoy and feel that I excel at,” Hartford said. From his new office in the Rhode Island Statehouse, Hartford said he will work to bring some of Chafee’s visions and goals to fruition. Among the primary plans is the governor’s focus on the state’s distressed municipalities, including Central Falls, West Warwick, Woonsocket, and East Providence. “These are towns that are really struggling from the recession but also burdened with a lot of heavy obligations,” including pensions, Hartford said. “I think the governor wants to rely on my experience coming from Westerly, a fiscally solvent community with a solvent pension, and try to bring that experience to bear,” he said. Chafee, a former mayor of Warwick who was elected as an independent — and later changed his affiliation to the Democrats — has chosen not to seek re-election, leaving what remains of this year to help transform his vision into something tangible. “There is a new urgency for the governor to achieve some of his long-stated goals, before he finishes his term,” Hartford said. One of Chafee’s newest initiatives could both benefit and draw momentum from Westerly, Hartford noted. During his state of the state address, Chafee called for a statewide November ballot question asking voters to approve $35 million for grants to performing arts centers, museums and other artistic and historic facilities. Some of those funds could be used for renovations to The George Kent Performance Hall, home to The Westerly Chorus. Hartford said he hopes to help lay the groundwork for the funding initiative by pointing to Westerly’s success in creating and promoting the arts in the town’s commercial center. “Locally we know the important role arts and culture has in the economy in town, particularly in the downtown area. Westerly’s downtown is thriving and is really a showcase for the state,” Hartford said. When he’s not working on some of Chafee’s platform issues, Hartford said he anticipates helping with the unforeseen day-to-day matters that require the governor’s attention. “It’s a lean staff, so everyone is a generalist,” he said. Regarding the reality of the calendar, Hartford said he was focused on what is front of him. “I hope that if it goes well and I am able to distinguish myself in some way this will lead to other opportunities. Like I said when I resigned in August, when one door closes another door opens,” Hartford said. Working in the state’s Capitol is invigorating, Hartford said. “I feel like I’m in the center of the action. It’s exciting, especially for a kid from Westerly,” he said.

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PROVIDENCE - Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that Steven T. Hartford, formerly the Town Manager of Westerly, will join the Office of the Governor as Special Advisor for Policy and Legislative Affairs. The post was previously held by Kenny Alston, who will be come the Director of Operations. "I welcome Steve to my staff. Steve is a proven leader who has served as the chief executive officer of a municipality and as an attorney," Governor Chafee said. Steven T. Hartford, a graduate of Fairfield University, received his J.D., cum laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Prior to taking over the duties of Westerly's Town Manager from 2009-2013, he was the town solicitor, 1996-98, 2000-02 and 2004-09. He served as Board Chairman of the federal Wyatt Detention Facility between 2011 and 2013. He has volunteered his time to community service as a member of various boards including the Westerly Education Endowment Fund, Greater Westerly/Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce, Westerly Adult Day Care Center and Westerly Hospital Parent Company.

Governor Chafee Announces Staff Changes for the R.I. Department of Administration Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today announced that he will nominate Policy Director Steve Hartford for Director of Administration, to replace Richard Licht who will be sworn in as a Superior Court Judge at the end of August. In addition, Tom Mullaney, Executive Director and Budget Officer in the Rhode Island Budget Office, will serve as Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) filling the position vacated by Peter Marino. The Office of Management and Budget provides ongoing, transparent fiscal analysis, management support, and analytical research to the public, the Governor, the General Assembly and State departments and agencies. The Department of Administration's work is guided by the mission "to manage the state's financial, human and other resources in support of other state agencies carrying out their responsibilities to provide the citizens of the State of Rhode Island with the most responsive and cost-effective services possible". The department provides supportive services to all Rhode Island departments and agencies for effective coordination and direction of state programs within the framework of a changing administrative and fiscal environment, while ensuring accountability of and value for public dollars. The department also provides policy direction for executive leadership in a variety of financial and administrative matters and is responsible for the statewide implementation of policy decisions affecting the organization and delivery of services administered and supported by the state.

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