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2018 Annual Guide: Mashpee

Rodney Collins Mashpee

Photo by Teagan Anne

“Mashpee is fortunate to have a local government that operates under both professional and nonprofessional servants, all of whom perform with dedication and accountability. It is not just the full-time employees that make a difference—it’s the volunteers, their teamwork, and the strong work ethics I see on a daily basis that define this town,” says Collins.

For his part, Collins approaches every decision with an attitude that can only be described as vigorous dedication. When he is out of the office, Collins sips Cape Cod Coffee in Mashpee Commons and shows his pride—and his bias—by shopping and dining locally.

Above all, Rodney Collins strives to earn the community’s respect. With every new decision or implemented policy, Collins will take the time to address any concerns and explain the position of the town or the reasoning behind an outcome; such rationale ensures clarity and understanding for all parties involved.

“What matters is that the work accomplished here in town hall is valued,” says Collins. “It may not always be liked, but it should always be dignified.”

After he has responded to emails, administered the board of selectmen, budgeted for 18 town departments or attended a group discussion, Collins can be found fishing, golfing or supporting the New England Patriots. When asked about the Boston Red Sox, he will proudly inform any listener that he watched his team “win it all” in the 2013 World Series.

Collins is a New Hampshire native and grew up with a deep appreciation for the water. Upon finding his “dream job” as Mashpee’s chief of police in 2005, he and his Sea Ray motorboat traded freshwater lakes for salty Nantucket Sound, where he now spends summer days—that is, when he’s not at the tiller of Mashpee Town Hall.

Kristina Atsalis is an editorial intern for Cape Cod Life Publications.

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