Board of Commissioners

The Greenfield Housing Authority is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners. The Mayor of Greenfield appoints four of the board members, and the Governor appoints one, subject to confirmation by the Greenfield City Council. The Commissioners are responsible for approving the agency's annual budget and for setting policy. Greenfield Housing Authority's Executive Director serves the Board. Regular Board meetings are usually held monthly at 12 noon on the 4th Thursday of the month at 1 Elm Terrace.

Current Commissioners:

Robert HawkinsRobert Hawkins – Term 2019 as Governorís Appointee

Robert "Butch" Hawkins was appointed to the board, by Governor Baker in 2016. Butch was born and raised in Greenfield. He and his wife Nancy still live in the home on Congress Street where their children grew up. After graduating from Greenfield High School and Greenfield Community College, Butch served in the National Guard and afterward as a police officer for Greenfield; Franklin County; and eventually the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department, retiring after thirty-five years in 2005. Currently, serves with Franklin County Sheriff's Department in the Civil Process Division.

Butch has always been active in town affairs. In the 1980s, he served on the School Committee and was a Town Meeting Member, and he currently serves on the Public Safety Commission. He and Nancy also operated Merrigan Property Management for more than a decade, during which time he gained valuable experience with myriad public housing issues.

He is an avid boater; skier; and golfer, and enjoys spending time with his six children and ten grandkids, most of who also live in the Greenfield area, but also Boston and Hawaii.


Rich FaheyRich Fahey, Chairman – Term 2018

Rich Fahey is a native of Greenfield and a graduate of Greenfield High School. After graduating from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, he returned to Greenfield.

Rich, and his wife Kathie, have a son, daughter and two granddaughters, all living in the Pioneer Valley.

Rich retired from The Recorder as Advertising Director in 2013 after a 38 year career.

Rich has been and remains active in several local nonprofit organizations. Rich became involved in the Greenfield Housing Authority in June of 2011 and is a past Chairman of the Board.

Rich and Kathie are both avid golfers.


William MasonWilliam Mason, Vice-Chairperson – Term 2019

William (Bill) Mason was elected to the board, of the Greenfield Housing Authority, in January of 2012. Bill is a lifelong resident of Greenfield and a graduate of Greenfield High School, Greenfield Community College, and the University of Massachusetts. He received his MBA from Western New England University.

Bill has over twenty years of experience in the Building Materials Industry. During his career, Bill has worked with several non-profits and organizations to enhance the overall living conditions of homes. In 2007, Bill worked on a Habitat for Humanity project in New Orleans called Musicianís Village. Musicianís Village was a project to rebuild housing in the ninth ward after the area was struck by hurricane Katrina. In 2011, Bill worked on a North American Decking and Railing project called Deck for a Soldier in Dracut, MA. The recipient of the free material and labor was Maj. Dave Brouillette who has earned two Bronze stars, a Purple Heart and many other medals and awards.

Bill is currently employed as a District Sales Manager for the Trex Company covering the New England marketplace. Bill spends his free time with his family and likes to visit historical places throughout New England.


Trish Leonard – Term 6/30/2017


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