North Adams to get new City Clerk on Tuesday

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NORTH ADAMS — The City Council is expected to formally appoint a new City Clerk on Tuesday.

At its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday — it is the last for retiring City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau — the council will formally vote on her recommended replacement, Assistant City Clerk Deborah Pedercini.

Pedercini, a veteran of City Hall with 30 years of experience in the community development office, won the recommendation of an ad hoc committee formed to find Gomeau's replacement last December.

Upon her official confirmation Tuesday, Pedercini's three-year term will begin Jan. 28 and expire in 2022.

Catherine Verrier, who has worked in the office of community development for 16 years and served as the secretary to the planning board, has been tapped to become the next assistant city clerk.

"Her experience in that office along with the work she does for the Planning Board will be a definite asset to the office," Gomeau wrote in a letter to the City Council earlier this month.

Gomeau, who has held the post since 2004, announced last year her plans to retire.

The clerk position is appointed by the City Council, and it carried a $53,611 salary in 2018.

There also will be a few new names added to the city's payroll.

After their recent appointment as full-time firefighters, Tyler H. Bolte and Casey C. Cooke will be ceremonially sworn in Tuesday.

"Firefighters Bolte and Cooke have distinguished themselves through their training, service, and commitment to the department and the residents of the City of North Adams," Mayor Thomas Bernard wrote in a communication to the City Council. "I am confident that they will serve the City of North Adams with distinction."

The North Adams Police Department also has bolstered its ranks.

Matthew Meranti and Kevin Stant have been appointed as full-time patrol officers and will be sworn in Tuesday. Meanwhile, Officer Preston Kelly has been promoted to sergeant.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in City Council chambers.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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