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Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel and Richard Dohoney will be deputy district attorney in the Berkshire district attorney's office.

Harrington Adds Two More to District Attorney's Office Leadership

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington added two more individuals to her leadership team on Tuesday.
 
Richard Dohoney will be brought on as Harrington's deputy district attorney and Jeanne Kempthorne will serve as chief of appeals and legal counsel. Dohoney, of Great Barrington, is currently the city solicitor. Kempthorne is a former federal prosecutor working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston for 11 years. 
 
The two join Karen Bell, who was previously announced as the office's first assistant.
 
"I am excited to bring such an experienced and talented group of prosecutors and legal professionals to serve as my senior leadership team in the Berkshire County district attorney's office. Jeanne Kempthorne, Rich Dohoney, and Karen Bell are recognized as statewide leaders in the legal community," Harrington said in a statement released Tuesday.
 
"Working together with residents, law enforcement, local elected officials, and community-based organizations, we are all ready to get to work for the residents of Berkshire County each and every day."
 
Dohoney is currently with Donovan, O'Connor & Dodig and has 18 years experience in litigation. He's tried cases in District, Superior, and Federal Court. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, on the Executive Committee of the Berkshire Bar Association, and has served on the Civil Litigation Counsel of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He graduated Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.
 
As deputy district attorney, Dohoney will lead district court and juvenile court prosecutions, will oversee administrative staff, and is responsible for implementing new initiatives.
 
"I am honored that District Attorney-elect Harrington has asked me to serve in this new role. I was inspired by the vision she articulated during her campaign and look forward to putting my courtroom skills to work to improve our community," Dohoney said in a statement. 
 
Kempthorne worked 11 years in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston as part of the major crimes unit, economic crimes unit, and chief of public corruption and special prosecution unit. In 2005, she was appointed to the state Ethics Commission. She also worked 25 years in a private practice specializing in appellate and post-conviction. She is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College and Berkeley Law School.
 
As chief of appeals and legal counsel, she will oversee training, ethics, appeals, and diversion. 
 
"I look forward to working closely with District Attorney-elect Harrington and her dedicated team to make a meaningful impact on the safety and livability of Berkshire County. Andrea will bring a new and effective approach to our justice system, and I am excited to be a part of her leadership team," Kempthorne said in a statement.
 
Harrington takes over the office in January after defeating incumbent Paul Caccaviello in the November election.

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Pittsfield Mayoral Election Recount to Start Next Week

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Failed mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo's election recount will begin Monday.
 
City Clerk Michele Benjamin said Tuesday that the recount will begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. and continue until the recount is complete.
 
"Hopefully, we will be done in one day," she said. "If not it will continue the next day but then at the end of it, we will have a determined who the winner of the election is."
 
Although Mayor Linda Tyer was the clear victor after the Nov. 5 election, securing 529 more votes than Mazzeo, Mazzeo has alleged that unauthorized people had access to where the ballots were stored. She also questioned the accuracy of the election.
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