Pittsfield City Councilor Moon leaves job with DA's office; no reason given

Helen Moon celebrates with friends and supporters in 2017, after winning election as Ward 1 representative on the Pittsfield City Council. Moon was honored with a Public Service Award last week by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus.

PITTSFIELD — Ward 1 City Councilor Helen Moon isn't working as Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington's director of special projects anymore, but the circumstances are unclear surrounding her departure from the office of the prosecutor whose successful campaign she managed.
On Tuesday, Moon confirmed that her tenure in the DA's office ended July 14. She declined to comment further, saying only, "I'm not inclined to speak about it right now."
Harrington did not respond to a phone call seeking comment placed at her office Tuesday. But, Harrington spokesman Andy McKeever, in an email, expressed pride in Moon's work during her time as director of special projects.
"We are proud of the work she did during her time here. Our community should be tremendously grateful to her for that work. We are looking forward to seeing what Councilor Moon accomplishes as she continues to serve on the City Council," he said.
"We cannot comment any further on a personnel matter," his email concluded.
Moon served as Harrington's campaign manager during her successful bid for office in 2018, when the attorney from Richmond mounted a progressive campaign against Paul Caccaviello, the county's incumbent top prosecutor. Harrington narrowly beat out Caccaviello in the Democratic primary in September that year, then staved off a write-in campaign from him in the November general election.
After her election, Harrington hired Moon to the $70,000-per-year position of director of special projects. Moon, along with Ward 6 City Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi, were among 14 new hires Harrington brought on to work in the office after her inauguration in early 2019.
Moon served as master of ceremonies at Harrington's swearing-in ceremony.
Moon said Tuesday that she will continue working per diem as a nurse at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington and at the Elizabeth Freeman Center, where she sits on the board.
Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com, on Twitter @amandaburkec and 413-496-6296.