Steven T. Hartford
Before coming to Administration, Mr. Hartford served as Governor Chafee's Director of Policy.
Prior to that, he was the Town Manager of Westerly, RI from 2009 to 2013. A lawyer, licensed to practice in both the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut, Mr. Hartford was elected to serve on the Westerly Town Council in 1990 and was first appointed to serve as Westerly's Town Solicitor in 1996. He was in private practice for 18 years and served as Westerly's chief legal counsel for a total of 8 years before being appointed Westerly's 10th Town Manager.
Mr. Hartford has served in a number of community roles including President of the Westerly Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Westerly Education Endowment Fund. He served on the Board of Directors of the RI League of Cities and Towns and was the President of the RI City and Town Managers' Association.
In August of 2011 Mr. Hartford was appointed by Judge Flanders to serve as the Chairman of the Board of the Wyatt Federal Detention Center in Central Falls.
He received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University and received his law degree, cum laude, from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1990. In 2012 he successfully completed an advanced program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for "Senior Executives in State and Local Government."
Mr. Hartford is an adjunct professor of law and business ethics in the Graduate School at Johnson and Wales University.