Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer to replace finance director, other department heads


PITTSFIELD — Mayor Linda M. Tyer is replacing three more department heads who served under the administration of former Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi.

The new mayor has submitted to the City Council for its meeting Tuesday the names of replacements for Finance Director Susan Carmel, Personnel Director John DeAngelo and Director of Building Maintenance Peter Sondrini.

Proposed as new members of the administration are former city councilor and current Richmond Town Administrator Matthew Kerwood as finance director, former state Rep. Denis Guyer as building maintenance director, and current Personnel Technician Michael Taylor as personnel department director.

"We thank them for their service and wish them all the best," Tyer said Thursday of the officials being replaced. "Looking ahead, we look forward to working with Michael, Matt and Denis."

The mayor said she doesn't envision any changes in the duties for the new department heads, adding that funding for the salaries "will be covered within this year's budget."

Termination of department heads is at the discretion of the mayor under the city charter, but new appointments must be approved by the council. Tyer previously replaced former City Solicitor Kathleen Degnan on an interim basis for this fiscal year with the law firm Donovan & O'Connor, with Richard Dohoney as the lead attorney working with the city.

Kerwood, who served as a city councilor at large from 2000 to 2010, has been town administrator in Richmond since January 2009. He served as Blandford town administrator during 2007-08, and operated a business consulting firm in Pittsfield from 2003-07.

He was regional director with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development from 1998-2003, and he served as a legislative aide to former state Sen. Jane M. Swift from 1992-96.

Guyer, of Dalton, worked for 12 years with Crane & Co., negotiating purchase and service contracts for the Crane stationery division, monitoring supplier performance and contracts relative to quality specifications and delivery expectations, and performing other duties.

He was state representative in the 2nd Berkshire House district from 2004-11, representing 21 towns in three counties and Precinct 1B in Pittsfield.

Guyer also served on the Dalton Select Board from 2001-04.

Taylor has been in the technician's post since 2013, working on a number of aspects of the department, including employee recruitment and hiring, contract negotiations and investigating employee complaints.

Tyer also is submitting to the council the name of Laura Catalano for reappointment as an assessor for another term.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.


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