It's been 100 days since the changing of the guard in the district attorney's office.
Andrea Harrington defeated incumbent Paul Caccaviello in November with a message of reform and change. To a large crowd at the Berkshire Museum, she took the oath of office on Jan. 2 and so began a new day in that office.
District Attorney Andrea Harrington doesn't see her job as simply tossing people into jail cells.
Instead, she is seeking to create a culture and environment where causes such as drug or mental health problems are addressed in the community so the crimes don't happen again.
District Attorney Andrea Harrington is following the auditor's recommendation to revamp internal controls.
Auditor Suzanne Bump issued a report showing that the internal control plan in the office hadn't been updated since June of 2016 when it should be every year. With a transition in the office, the new district attorney sees that as an opportunity to fundamentally change the office at its core.
Andrea Harrington believes that "hope is not blind optimism" but rather a choice.
The new district attorney was inaugurated Wednesday morning and said she can envision a county free of sexual and gender-based violence, free of gun violence, free of addiction, and a place where people of all color and gender can feel safe and protected.
When Andrea Harrington entered the district attorney's race, she knew she could do it. She fully expected to win the race.
She didn't think she was an underdog in the race, but she was.
"I didn't realize how improbable my winning was until I actually won," Harrington said on Thursday.