AUGUSTA, Maine, May 29 -- Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine, issued the following news release:
Today Governor Paul R. LePage announced the appointment of the Honorable Richard W. Rosen as Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) effective June 1, 2014. Current DAFS Commissioner H. Sawin Millett, Jr. will retire on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
"I am pleased to appoint Richard Rosen as acting commissioner," said Govenor LePage. "Richard has served the people of Maine well in every position he has held. While there are big shoes to fill with the retirement of Sawin Millett, I am confident DAFS is in very capable hands."
Rosen, a native of Bucksport, joined the Department in February as Deputy Commissioner of Finance. He takes the helm of the Department with extensive legislative expertise in budget, tax, energy, and health and human services.
Prior to joining DAFS, Rosen served as the Director of the Governor's Office of Policy and Management. During the 125th Legislature, he served as the Senate Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. He served as a senator from Senate District 31 for four terms and as a member of the Maine House of Representatives for three terms.
"I look forward to continuing to work with Governor LePage and the talented team at DAFS. Commissioner Millett has put together a remarkable team of individuals that will ensure a smooth transition," said Deputy Commissioner Rosen. "DAFS will continue to be a proactive and innovative service organization that provides leadership and accountability to executive branch departments."
In addition to his public service, Rosen owned and operated Rosen's, a department store located in Bucksport, with his wife, Kimberley, for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and serves on the boards of the Retail Association of Maine, Bucksport Regional Health Center, Acadia Hospital and Northeast Historic Film.