About Rob


Robert G. Rolison, Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie

Robert G. Rolison took office January 1, 2016 as Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie. Prior to that, Rob was a member of the Dutchess County Legislature since 2003 representing the Town and City of Poughkeepsie. In 2010, he was elected by his colleagues in the County Legislature to serve as Chairman, a position he continued to hold every year. Throughout his tenure, he has been a champion for fiscal discipline and ending unfunded mandates. As an expert in law enforcement, Rob has been a leading voice for public safety and has been a tireless advocate on behalf of families, children and crime victims in Dutchess County.


Rob began his public safety career at 18 years old with the Croft Corners Fire Company. He continued his service as an active volunteer firefighter for the next 14 years. He worked part-time for the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Hyde Park Police Department while attending Marist College majoring in Criminal Justice.


4.11.15mainstreet2In 1982, he joined the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department where he served 12 years in the Patrol Division. He worked up the ranks and was promoted to Detective, a post he held for 14 years.


Rob was elected PBA President for two consecutive 5 year terms before retiring in February of 2008. Upon his retirement, Rob concluded a 26 year career protecting the residents of the Town of Poughkeepsie.


Rob is currently a Member of the New York Conference of Mayors and the Vice Chairman of the St. Simeon Board of Directors in the City of Poughkeepsie. In 2013, he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Hudson Valley Regional Council. He formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Dutchess Community College, the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation and the Board of Directors of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor.


007_010057He is a State Advisory Board member of the Office of Children and Family Services as well as a member of the Cider Mill Friends. Formerly, he served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Catharine Street Community Center’s Board of Directors, and the American Red Cross Dutchess County Chapter Board of Directors.


Rob is the son of the late Senator Jay P. Rolison. Rob is a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie where he has proudly raised his son Christopher and continues to reside with his wife, Lori.

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