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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Pou's No-Hitter Lifts Force 12U to Dalton CRA Title
By Rick DuteauiBerkshires.com Sports
DALTON, Mass - Sunday’s performance was exactly the sort of thing that Berkshire Force 12U coach Jess Glebus hoped for, at exactly the right time. Just days ahead of a big trip to Florida to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series, the Force earned the Dalton CRA Softball Tournament title with a 10-0 win over the Saratoga Thunder, at Pine Grove Park.
Amanda Pou threw a no-hitter and every batter in the lineup reached base to contribute in the victory. Only one Thunder player reached base, and she was quickly thrown out by catcher Issabelle Macdonald and she attempted to steal second.
“We played Chatham yesterday and we didn’t play well, but we came out today and we were a totally different team and we were ready to play,” Coach Glebus said. “Our bats were alive, our defense was alive and our pitching was outstanding. I’m not complaining, but for some reason, on Sundays we come out alive. We really did play well today, and that’s when it counts.”
The Force won their Babe Ruth New England Regional earlier this summer to qualify for the World Series. The team heads down to Jensen Beach, Florida, on Thursday, and this tournament served as a nice dress rehearsal for the action ahead.
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