Pittsfield mayor-elect Linda Tyer plans for a smooth transition

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PITTSFIELD — Mayor-elect Linda M. Tyer has asked city department heads to supply her with a briefing package on the operations they oversee and plans to meet with each manager prior to her inauguration on Jan. 4.

Tyer, the current city clerk, defeated Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi in the Nov. 3 election and will serve Pittsfield's first four-year term as mayor, following a charter change approved in 2013.

She stated in a release on Tuesday, which also was sent to city managers: "With Mayor Bianchi's support I am beginning to organize and plan for the mayoral transition."

As part of the transition, Tyer said she has requested written briefing packets that will include:

"The department head's resume, including the professional development programs that they have participated in during the last three years; professional associations of which the department/department head is a member and any community organizations and volunteer work in which the department head is involved."

The mayor-elect said she also wants to hear about "the top three department initiatives that are underway; the top three department initiatives that are pending;" and "the department's top three 'wish' list ideas and/or initiatives," along with "an overview of the department's strengths and areas for improvement."

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Tyer said she will schedule individual meetings with municipal department managers "to discuss the information they provided in their briefing packets as well as their ideas to grow and improve Pittsfield."

She added in a release: "I'm eager to hear from the men and women who lead our municipal departments about the opportunities and challenges that they face every day. It is important to me and for our city residents that the professionals leading our departments have an opportunity to share their perspectives. Many of them have years of municipal knowledge and expertise that we can tap to enhance and expand the good work happening in Pittsfield."

Asked whether she has plans to appoint any new department heads, Tyer said in an email, "I am not at a point in the transition to make any decisions about department head replacements."

She added that for now, "The first focus will be developing a more meaningful community engagement process for transition (more details to be released on this once I have formalized the process); hiring and strategic planning for the police department, and a thorough review of the status of this year's budget."

Asked about her transition team, she said that has not been formalized at this point but she plans to release information on that process in the near future.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.


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