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Keene’s City Attorney, Thomas Mullins, Announces His Retirement

City of Keene Grateful For Mullins’ Sixteen Years of Dependable Service

Keene, NH, February 15, 2024:

The City of Keene announces the retirement of Tom Mullins, City Attorney, effective February 29, 2024. Mr. Mullins has served the City with distinction for sixteen years, providing invaluable legal counsel and guidance on numerous City projects vital to Keene’s long-term success.

“Attorney Mullins has been an outstanding advisor to City Councilors and officials for over 16 years.  His knowledge and integrity have served the City and the State well.  His awareness of state law and court decisions, together with his ability to define what is known and what is ambiguous, is unique and extremely valuable,” said Keene Mayor Jay Kahn.  “We are fortunate that the City will retain Tom’s services on a part-time basis at least through this year.”

Mr. Mullins has reliably advised the City Council and staff on many legal matters serving as a problem solver and strong partner in supporting complex City projects and priorities, such as the Central Fire Station, Cheshire County Courthouse, Keene Public Library expansion, and Winchester Street reconstruction.  He has drafted and reviewed countless ordinances, policies, and agreements that protect the City's interests and ensure legal compliance while consistently advocating for the best interest of the organization and the community.  He has also carefully fostered professional and productive relationships with City officials, staff, and the public. 

“Tom has devoted countless hours over the years, always protecting the City’s best interests.  His legal counsel guided us through innumerable challenges and opportunities, and his genuine care for the community will continue to serve our city well,” said Elizabeth Dragon, City Manager.

“I have always appreciated his perspective and insights,” reflected Patricia Little, Keene City Clerk.  “We have always been committed to effective problem-solving, and when our viewpoints differed, we were able to move forward in a productive and professional manner with a mutual respect for one another.  He will be missed.”

Attorney Mullins has provided much guidance to City departments and has been a valuable member of the City leadership team.  Beyond his legal expertise, his participation in community events and organizations and his friendly, outgoing spirit have been sincerely appreciated by his colleagues and coworkers.  ““An aspect of being the City Attorney that I have greatly appreciated is the variety of matters that I have had the opportunity to work on, and the wonderful people that I have had the opportunity to work with,” he stated.  “I suspect that it is not often that an attorney receives a request from the State Archaeologist seeking assistance with the re-internment of human remains that were apparently from the early settlement years of Keene.  In this position, anything is possible, and I have enjoyed every minute of it!”

He will continue to provide legal services part-time starting a few weeks after his retirement to help provide a smooth transition as the City Council’s process to seek a new City Attorney ensues.

The City expresses its sincere appreciation to Tom Mullins for his years of exceptional service and dedication.  His important contributions to the community will certainly have a lasting impact.