Bianchi picks city businesswoman as next top aide


PITTSFIELD -- Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi has picked his next top aide at City Hall.

Pending the City Council's approval next week, Mary McGinnis of Pittsfield would replace Donna Mattoon as director of administrative services.

Mattoon left the post earlier this month to work in communications for IBM in New York City. She had been Bianchi's right-hand person since he took office in January 2102.

The position within the mayor's office is budgeted to pay $50,000. The job's duties include serving as the city's public information officer and coordinating and leading special initiatives.

The council is expected to vote on Bianchi's nomination of McGinnis at its regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, at City Hall.

McGinnis called the job "a great opportunity.

"I am a believer in what the mayor wants to do for the city," she said.

McGinnis, 55, has worked at Berkshire Medical Center for 34 years, most recently in the hospital's department that oversees patient safety. In addition, she owns Gallery 25 and Mary's Carrot Cake across from the Barrington Stage Co. on Union Street.

The Pittsfield native serves on the Pittsfield Cultural Development Board and board of directors for Downtown Pittsfield Inc. and is co-founder and chairwoman of the First Friday Artswalk. The monthly event established last May promotes local artists by having their works displayed in dozens of downtown-area businesses.

McGinnis also has to her credit having been the chief organizer for 13 years of Founders Day Weekend in Lee and former president of the Lee Chamber of Commerce.

Bianchi says McGinnis' resume makes her well qualified to help him lead the city.

"I am very impressed with Mary's commitment to and vision for Pittsfield," Bianchi said. "She knows both the challenges and the potential we have here in Pittsfield and is dedicated making our city a great place to live."

McGinnis feels she can make an immediate impact within the Bianchi administration.

"I know how to tap resources," she said. "I already have two pages of people who say they want to help the city."

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