"I never intended to stay involved this long, but after you see the love and respect the staff have for the people they serve, it's impossible to leave," he said. "And while it has been hard for me to resign, it's time for me to step down, allow for new leadership, and enjoy my retirement."
The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority met Wednesday morning, remotely, accepted the executive director's resignation, and appointed Pittsfield's Business Development Manager Michael Coakley as the interim manager.
Commissioner of Public Services David Turocy is retiring after a 30 year career on the roads.
Turocy joined the city in 2015 as commissioner of public services, filling a job that had been created four years earlier but never filled. He came to Pittsfield after serving 11 years as commissioner in Newton. In 2017 his role expanded to take on the role of commissioner of public utilities as well.
Bernard's proclamation detailed Cozzaglio's history with the city, from the time he was appointed as a reserve patrol officer to his coordination and apprehension of the suspect during the attempted bank robbery and bomb on Main Street.
There is a saying around the firehouse that there are some firefighters who wouldn't walk two blocks to a fire if they were on vacation.
Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski, however, would race the trucks there. At one time Czerwinski was getting to the scene of a fire riding on the back of the open cab truck, holding on to just a bar. Now he usually shows up in an SUV, shortly after the first units have. And as age 63 bears down, that race to the fire becomes much more difficult.
After 28 years on the Fire Department, Deputy Chief Michael Polidoro had to retire after being diagnosed with ALS.
He had been a key member of leadership in the department and was viewed as a mentor by most. While he won't jump into the engine when a call comes in, Polidoro's legacy will.