Update: BerkshireWorks Executive Director William Monterosso resigns

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PITTSFIELD - William Monterosso has resigned as the executive director of the BerkshireWorks Career Center, a spokeswoman for the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said on Tuesday.

A Pittsfield native, Monterosso was hired in January by Pittsfield Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi. He was put on paid administrative leave by the city of Pittsfield more than a month ago.

Bianchi confirmed that Monterosso had resigned, but declined to comment on the reasons why. "It's a personnel matter," he said.

The city had been conducting an investigation relating to Monterosso's employment status, although officials have declined to elaborate on the reason.

Neither Monterosso, nor his attorney, Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. of Pittsfield, returned telephone calls seeking comment.

Inquires to the executive director's office at BerkshireWorks were referred to finance/human resources director Daniel Collins, and manager of program operations Melanie Gelaznik.

Although BerkshireWorks is a quasi-public agency, Monterosso was employed by Berkshire Training and Employment. The mayor of Pittsfield is the appointing authority for the executive director's position by virtue of being the leading elected official of the county's largest municipality.

Monterosso had 15 years of previous experience in the workforce development field. He most recently had served as the executive director of the West Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.


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