Wednesday October 10, 2012

Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, with the City Council's blessing, has appointed Dr. Cynthia Geyer to replace Dr. Philip Adamo on the Pittsfield Board of Health. The council Tuesday night unanimously approved the appointment of Geyer, medical director at Canyon Ranch of the Berkshires health spa in Lenox.

Adamo resigned effective Aug. 31 for professional reasons. He was chairman during his entire eight years on the board.

Meanwhile, by early November, the five-member Board of Health could interview finalists seeking to become the city's next director of the Health Department, according Bobbi Orsi, the board's acting chairwoman.

The new director will succeed Merridith A. O'Leary who officially stepped down from the position on Aug. 24 for personal reasons. She took a similar position in Northampton in order to work closer to her home and family in Southampton.

Assistant health director Cory Nicholas is the interim director until the board completes its search for O'Leary's successor.

A physician for nearly 25 years, Geyer worked at Berk shire Medical Center and Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield before joining Canyon Ranch in 1998. She became the health spa's medical director in 2005.

In addition, Geyer has taught at Williams College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

"We are very pleased Dr. Geyer is joining us," she said. "She brings a diverse background to our board."

As for finding the city's new health director, Orsi cited how the board has received some good candidates. The Pittsfield position currently comes with a salary of $54,500.

"We will do some preliminary screening [of the candidates], which we will get down to two finalists for public interviews," she said.

Orsi hopes the interviews will take place at the board's monthly meeting scheduled for Nov. 7.

The health director is responsible for managing the city's Health Department duties, including inspections of restaurants, lodging facilities and septic systems. In addition, city health officials investigate food and waterborne illnesses, nuisances such as illegal curbside trash, and promote wellness though a variety of programs such as tobacco awareness and healthy housing.

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