The City of Poughkeepsie Mayor serves four-year terms. The Mayor’s roles include:
- Appointing the City Administrator, City Chamberlain, and City Judges
- Approving or disapproving laws proposed by the Common Council
- Proposing the City budget to the Common Council
- Serving as the City’s chief ceremonial representative
About Mayor Rob Rolison
Robert G. Rolison was elected Mayor of Poughkeepsie on November 3, 2015 and took office on January 1, 2016.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Rob was a member of the Dutchess County Legislature for 13 years, from 2003-2015, 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 held for six consecutive years.
Throughout his tenure as Chairman, he championed fiscal discipline, transparency 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 pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Marist College.
In 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 2008. Upon his retirement, Rob-concluded a 26-year career protecting the residents of the Town of Poughkeepsie.
Rob previously served on the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation and St. Simeon’s which operates affordable senior apartments in the city. In 2013, he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Hudson Valley Regional Council. He is a State Advisory Board member of the Office of Children and Family Services, as well as a member of the Cider Mill Friends.
He recently ended his term as a member of the Board of Trustees of Dutchess Community College. 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, and the Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
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 lives with his wife, Lori.