DA's Office Holding Town Hall Meetings Across County

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire District Attorney's Office will hold a series of town hall events throughout the county.
 
District Attorney Andrea Harrington will provide a brief presentation on the state of the justice system, the office's reform efforts, and her blueprint for safety and justice in Berkshire County before opening the discussion to questions and answers.
 
The town halls are on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at the Adams Visitors Center in Adams at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 10, at at 6 p.m. at Great Barrington Town Hall; Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield.
 
"I am very excited for this opportunity to share the hard work of my office with the people we represent and serve every day and to hear the resident's thoughts and feedback," Harrington said.
 
The Berkshire District Attorney's Office requests that all residents wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. RSVPs are appreciated by contacting BerkshireDA@Mass.gov but not necessary.
 

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Pittsfield Picks Veteran Employees as ARPA Fund Managers

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two familiar faces will be serving as the city's special projects managers for the $41 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Director of Community Development Deanna Ruffer and former Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong will share the one full-time position as co-managers.

Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday informed the City Council by email that Ruffer would be resigning from her current post in early to mid-February to take on this new role.

Rather than a resignation, Ruffer sees this as a transition. Armstrong resigned from her position in September, citing a need for more balance in her life and to spend more time with her family.

In the fall, the special projects manager position was created to oversee the city's allocation of ARPA funding. It will likely only be in place over the next five years, until the spending deadline in 2026, and will be paid in full through the ARPA funds.

"I am very excited to transition from the city's Community Development Director Position to co-special project manager for the City's American Rescue Plan program. This opportunity coincides with a personal desire to adjust my work-life balance to allow me to spend more time with family and pursuing personal interests," Ruffer wrote to iBerkshires in an email.

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