Pittsfield Veterans Officer Rosanne Frieri's firing by mayor is confirmed
PITTSFIELD -- City Veterans Officer Rosanne Frieri has been fired by Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, according to her attorney, who said that details concerning her pension or any severance agreement have yet to be discussed.
Albert J. Cimini, of Pittsfield, also termed the firing "wrongful and actionable," and said he and Frieri are considering a lawsuit.
Cimini also said he will attempt this week to meet with city Personnel Department officials about the status of any benefits due Frieri, who was suspended on Aug. 5 without pay after failing to attend a meeting with Bianchi to discuss her job performance.
Frieri has said she would not attend a meeting without an attorney or independent third party because of what she termed "badgering" by the mayor during a meeting in his office in March. She said there had been a series of disagreements in recent months with the mayor and other officials at City Hall over aspects of the operation of her department.
In a letter Cimini said was sent to Frieri and dated Aug. 5, titled "First Written Warning," the mayor cited among reasons that the department head had failed to prepare a fiscal 2015 budget for the office, was late for work without giving proper notification, and did not follow a directive to attend a July 15 City Council meeting to speak about deficits in the fiscal 2014 veterans office budget.
City officials could not be reached immediately Monday for comment.
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