Mashpee Police Chief Rodney Collins will soon be Mashpee Town Manager Rodney Collins. In a unanimous vote this week, Mashpee selectmen chose Collins as their new town manager. Collins will replace Joyce Mason, who will be retiring after 35 years (the last 16 as town manager) with the Town of Mashpee.
Collins was one of five people interviewed for the town manager position. All five interviews were conducted in public, according to John Cahalane, Chairman of the Mashpee Selectman. The interviews were also broadcast live over the town's cable station. Collins and two other finalists, Peter Johnson-Staub, Yarmouth Assistant Town Manager and Ron SanAngleo, Hanson Town Administrator were interviewed on Wednesday (the other two finalists, Dennis F. Luttrell, former Somerset Town Administrator and Michael Embury, North Kingstown Town Manager were interviewed on Tuesday). A discussion followed the Wednesday interviews and the decision was made to vote that night.
Cahalane said Collins is well-liked in the community and did an outstanding job as police chief. "The [police] department has run like clockwork," he said in a telephone interview.
The transition from chief to town manager is set to take place on July 17. It is not official, but likely that Collins's second in command, Captain Scott Carline, will take the reins of the police department. Capable backup within the police department was one of the reasons Collins was considered for the top post in town, Cahalane said. It is believed his strong leadership skills will also translate well in his new position come summer.
In a phone interview, Chief Collins called Mashpee a caring and vibrant community. "I've always protected and served, I will just be expanding that protection and service," the chief said. "I love this community, I really do. I know a lot about this community. I live here, work here, shop here and play here. If you had asked me about being the town manager in [say] Yarmouth, I would have said no. I don't know anything about Yarmouth."
Chief Collins went on to say he plans to apply his leadership skills to his new position and will rely on the expertise of his staff.
All five candidates chosen and vetted by the screening committee were strong contenders, according to Cahalane, who said the committee did a "tremendous job".
The feedback throughout the community has been all positive, according to Cahalane. "Not one negative comment." A rariety when it comes to elections and appointments.