Pittsfield Mayor-elect Linda Tyer to step down from council meeting role

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PITTSFIELD — Mayor-elect Linda Tyer said Monday she will step down from her role as clerk of the City Council during its meetings, beginning with a scheduled 7 p.m. session Tuesday.

Tyer, the city clerk since 2009, was elected Nov. 3 to become Pittsfield's next mayor, defeating incumbent Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi. She will be sworn in on Jan. 4.

In order to avoid any possible conflicts during council meetings through the rest of the year, Tyer said she has asked two staff members, Assistant City Clerk Malia Windrow-Carlotto and Senior Clerk Catherine VanBramer, to take over as council clerk.

Tyer said she is paid a stipend to record meeting minutes and perform other tasks for the council, which she will forfeit for the rest of the term. In addition to a meeting Tuesday, the council has scheduled meetings on Nov. 24 and Dec. 8.

"I spoke with [council President Melissa Mazzeo] on Friday," Tyer said, "and then notified the other members of the City Council."

She said both Windrow-Carlotto and VanBramer are "highly competent professionals" who can step in during the council meetings.

The mayor-elect said she will continue to work full time as city clerk and intends to wrap up some ongoing projects before leaving the office, while simultaneously developing her transition plans as the new chief executive.

Tyer said she also has spoken briefly with Jody L. Phillips, who was elected unopposed as the next city clerk. Phillips likely will spend some time in the clerk's office observing, Tyer said. Although Phillips is a former city clerk, she said, "she may come in to reacquaint herself with the office."

Tyer, in fact, was appointed city clerk after Phillips left in 2008 after 10 years as clerk to take a job in the private sector. Tyer, a former Ward 3 councilor, was appointed in 2009 by former Mayor James M. Ruberto and later won two additional terms in the office.

Phillips spent a total of 17 years at City Hall, before accepting a job at General Dynamics. She worked for former Mayor Edward F. Reilly for several years before former Mayor Gerald S. Doyle appointed her to succeed City Clerk Jacqueline Sacchetti in 1998.

Tyer said the format for the swearing-in ceremonies on Jan. 4 will be for Phillips to be sworn in as clerk by a person of her choice and then swear in the council and School Committee members. The council will then elect a president and vice president, and the new mayor will be sworn in by a person of her choice before giving her mayoral address.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.


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