Our Opinion: Healing BerkshireWorks


The resignation of William Monterosso as executive director of the Berk-
shireWorks Career Center brings to an end a stalemate that undermined the performance of an important Berkshire agency. It is of critical importance that the right choice be made as his replacement.

Hired in January, Mr. Monterosso was put on paid leave in April, and while city and state officials were silent on what transpired specifically during that time period at the quasi-public agency, it can be said that morale at BerkshireWorks had cratered. The most tangible event to emerge during that period was the filing of an age discrimination suit with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
by Daniel Collins, the BerkshireWorks finance/human resources director.

Mr. Monterosso was hired by Mayor Daniel Bianchi to replace interim director John Barrett III, the former mayor of North Adams, who had wanted to continue in the position he had been appointed to by Mayor James Ruberto. There were no apparent reasons to replace Mr. Barrett, who was evidently respected by workers. Mr. Barrett had performed an added service by warning the press and public about the pending disaster that was the new website of the Department of Unemployment Assistance, an action that infuriated state officials.

The Monterosso saga is made worse by the fact that there was no need for a new executive director in the first place. There is that need now, and Mr. Bianchi, the hiring authority for BerkshireWorks, is obligated to find a capable leader who will enable this bruised agency to heal.


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