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RICHMOND â€” In a surprise reveal Tuesday night, the town council announced it had hired a new town administrator â€“ someone energetic, well-qualified, and media-savvy.
â€śWill the real Robert Basler Rock please stand up?â€ť joked Town Council President B. Joseph Reddish as he introduced the newly hired town administrator to the audience. All heads turned as a young man who had been sitting quietly in the back of the town council chambers stood to accept applause and congratulatory handshakes.
Rock, who said he likes to be addressed as â€śRob,â€ť has worked for the secretary of state in the elections division for eight years. He is a 2005 graduate of University of Rhode Island where he is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration (MPA). A native and resident of East Providence, he is 30 years old and single.
â€śIâ€™m still getting the information about the town â€“ Iâ€™ve done a lot of research. I talked with the previous town administrator already,â€ť he said. â€śSomeone mentioned it tonight and Iâ€™ve heard it numerous times that I have big shoes to fill.â€ť
Reddish said the council interviewed two of the three candidates from the selection committee (the third had already accepted a job offer) and chose Rock because of his innovative ideas, education, and understanding of the townâ€™s values.
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